While the rest of the world eyes Trump and Putin - and the latest scary cabinet nominations-, Carey Gillam, a leading environmental journalist (and the best reporter in the nation tracking the glyphosate story) is in Washington DC this week, following the EPA's hearings on glyphosate and cancer.
The mainstream DC insider's political news site The Hill published her piece "Serious scrutiny needed as EPA seeks input on cancer ties to Monsanto herbicide" Monday. This piece provides good background on this week's hearings, which are very likely to be controversial as Monsanto, EPA and scientific experts face off on glyphosate and health and safety concerns.
The meeting was postponed from Oct. to Dec. during which time Monsanto lobbied the EPA to remove several eminently well qualified scientists from panel participation.
Gillam's been tweeting from the event, posting the following yesterday.
This week at the hearing, Gillam says there's quite a bit of concern from scientists who are on the panel about the EPA improperly discrediting evidence.
And then there's more:
You can follow Gillam's tweet stream here: https://twitter.com/careygillam?lang=en
The EPA will be webcasting the hearings live for the remaining two days of hearings this week. You can access the online stream here and tune in for live coverage at 9 am Eastern Time Thursday and Friday.
California's wine grape growers used 707,975 pounds of glyphosate in the state in 2014, according to the Dept. of Pesticide Regulation.
California is the only wine grape growing region in the world with mandated pesticide use reporting.
POSTSCRIPT: I'm just catching up on some Politico Europe stories. NGOs seeking data about glyphosate from pesticide companies have not had a legal right to see the data - until now. Read Politico's coverage of the latest ECJ ruling here.