Senior Trump Environmental Protection Agency officials changed career scientists’ analyses and conclusions in order to support the re-registration of the herbicide dicamba in 2018, according to a report from a federal watchdog published Monday.May 24, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2021/05/24/epa-watchdog-trump-officials-interfered-in-2018-dicamba-decision/
EPA data has linked Seresto flea and tick collars to about 1,700 pet deaths.April 8, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2021/04/08/epa-is-asked-to-ban-popular-flea-and-tick-collar-linked-to-pet-injuries/
The lawsuit cites reporting from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and USA TODAY that showed the EPA has received tens of thousands of reports linking the collar to incidents of injured pets.March 26, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2021/03/26/class-action-lawsuit-filed-against-producer-of-seresto-flea-and-tick-collars/
A Congressional subcommittee has asked Elanco to voluntarily recall its Seresto flea and tick collars, following a March 2 Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and USA TODAY story on thousands of incident reports about pet and human harm linked to the use of the collar.March 18, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2021/03/18/house-subcommittee-seeks-voluntarily-recall-of-seresto-flea-and-tick-collars/
The online retailer made its announcement after reporting from the Midwest Center and USA Today showed tens of thousands of incidents of harmed pets and nearly 1,700 pet deaths linked to the popular collar.March 5, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2021/03/05/amazon-says-its-reviewing-best-selling-seresto-flea-collar/
Seresto, one of the most popular flea and tick collars in the country, has been linked to hundreds of pet deaths, tens of thousands of injured animals and hundreds of harmed humans, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency documents show.
Yet the EPA has done nothing to inform the public of the risks.March 2, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2021/03/02/popular-flea-collar-linked-to-almost-1700-pet-deaths-the-epa-has-issued-no-warning/
In one of his first acts Wednesday, President Joe Biden ordered federal agencies to review Trump-era rules that advocacy groups said harmed public health and the environment.January 22, 2021 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2021/01/22/on-first-day-biden-announces-review-of-chlorpyrifos-spraying-and-farmworker-protections-weakened-by-trump-epa/
For one year, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting periodically sampled for pesticide drift in five locations surrounded by agricultural fields in Central Illinois, where large numbers of corn and soybeans are planted.
Five air sensors put up by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting from June 2018 to July 2019 found the presence of pesticides near schools, parks and homes where vulnerable populations live.December 17, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/12/17/midwest-center-sensors-find-potentially-hazardous-pesticides-near-schools-parks-and-homes/
Internal company records show the companies knew crop damage from their weed killer would be extensive. They sold it anyway.December 4, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/12/04/buy-it-or-else-inside-monsanto-and-basfs-moves-to-force-dicamba-on-farmers/
A jury awarded Bader Farms $250 million in punitive damages after finding Monsanto and BASF knew dicamba would harm crops. A judge reduced the amount.November 30, 2020 | https://investigatemidwest.org/2020/11/30/federal-judge-upholds-dicamba-ruling-but-reduces-damages-owed-to-missouri-peach-farmer/