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newsies, 7-20 sept. '97

            "New Culprit in Deaths of Frogs [Science Times]."  New York
                 Times, 16 September 97, C1,C6.
                 Dr. Karen Lips, an assistant professor of biology at St.
                 Lawrence University,  discovered large quantities of dying
                 frogs in the Panamanian rain forest last year.  Analyzes of
                 samples she sent back to the U.S. are yielding real clues
                 for the first time as to what might be causing the 15 year
                 increasing disappearance of frogs and toads.  Long article
                 describes the scientific investigation that lead to a
                 protozoan being suspected.
            "Heed Environmental Warnings [Letters to the Editor]."  Wall
            Street Journal, 18 September 97, A15.
                 Three letters in response to Prof. Stephen Safe's Aug. 20
                 editorial page column about endocrine disruptors ("Another
                 Enviro-Scare Debunked").  They dispute his claim that
                 environmental estrogens are not still a possible
                 health-threat to be investigated.  The writers are:  Dr.
                 Ellen K. Silbergeld, Professor of Epidemiology and
                Toxicology, University of Maryland, Baltimore; and Dr.
                 Bernard Weiss, Professor of Environmental Medicine and
                 Pediatrics, University of Rochester; and Kevin Carmody
                 (President) and Beth Parke (Executive Director), Society of
                 Environmental Journalists.
            "Tracking Biological Sabotage.  Scientists Are Studying How
            Natural and Manufactured `Disrupters' Interfere with Normal
            Growth and Can Lead to Disease in Both Animals and Humans."  USA
            Today, 16 September 97, 4D.
                 Lengthy article discusses the research that is being done on
                 endocrine disrupters to determine if they are a public
                 health threat.  Accompany article:  "Malformed Frogs Bring
                 Concerns to the Fore" presents the theory by Stanley
                 Sessions, an amphibian expert at Hartwick College in
                 Oneonta, N.Y., that water-borne parasites called trematodes
                 are responsible for the deformed frogs being found in
                 Minnesota and elsewhere.
            "PCB's Found in Eagle's Body [Digest: The New York Region]."  New
            York Times, 17 September 97, A31.
                 The body of a young bald eagle, killed along the upper
                 Hudson River, contained high levels of PCB's, according to
                 New York state environmental officials. PCB's have been
                 linked to reproductive problems in eagles in the Great Lakes
            "Frederick J. DiCarlo Dies; Senior Scientist at EPA
            [Obituaries]."  Washington Post, 17 September 97, B5.
                 Dr. DiCarlo, 78, died of cancer at Suburban Hospital
                 September 15, after a noted career as an authority on drug
                 research and development. In 1970 he became founding,
                 executive editor of the journal _Drug Metabolism Reviews_
                 and continued to serve as editor until his death.  He also
                 served on the editorial board of _Xenobiotica_.  A native of
                 New York, Dr. DiCarlo came to Washington in the early 1970s
                 to found a consulting firm; as a consultant he was involved
                 in the establishment of EPA's Structure-Activity Team
                 designed to evaluate the safety of new chemicals.  He
                 formally joined EPA in 1982, where he worked until forced in
                 June to leave for health reasons.  He is survived by his
                 wife of 54 years, Nancy DiCarlo of Mountain Lakes, N.J., and
                 three children, two brothers, and five grandchildren.  [It
                 is with much sadness that we report the death of beloved
                 OPPT Library patron Fred DiCarlo.  He will missed greatly by
                 his colleagues here in OPPT and EPA.  The OPPT Library staff
                 wish to offer their condolences to his family.--OPPTNB
            "House Panel Weighs EPA Scientist's Case."  Washington Times, 14
            September 97, A4.
                 Jeff Nesmith of Cox News Service reports that the House
                 Government Reform and Oversight subcommittee on regulatory
                 affairs, headed by Rep. David M. McIntosh (R.-Ind.), is
                 considering holding hearings on EPA's treatment of EPA
                 scientist David Lewis, employed at EPA's Athen's laboratory.
                 Mr. Lewis filed a whistleblower's complaint with the
                 Department of Labor over EPA's concern over his possible
                 violations of ethics rules in relation to articles he
                 published in the journal _Nature_ and in the local Athens,
                 Ga. Banner-Herald newspaper.  EPA is appealing the Labor
                 Department's ruling against them, and is awaiting a
            "Downsizing Activism: Greenpeace Is Cutting Back."  New York
                 Times, 16 September 97, A1.
                 An in-depth look at the downsizing of Greenpeace. While
                 other environmental groups have stable membership,
                 Greenpeace saw a jump in membership when high-profile events
                 captured the headlines. U.S. offices are also being closed
                 to subsidize activities in Latin America and Asia. A
                 moratorium on whaling was a success for the organization,
                 but robbed it of an issue. It's tactics became more
                 familiar, internal dissent, and low-keyed local campaigns
                 also lowered the organization's profile.
  [note -- don't look at this to find a comprehnsive picture of what went
  down, tho it's  ok to read, i guess.  i understand from elsewhere there was
  a lot of dissatisfaction w/ the methods the gp toxics program was using,
  and possibly over their lack of 'victories'.  i can't believe knowlegeable
  resources like weinberg, cray, thornton, hind, possibly even costner are
  being or may be tossed away.       -tony tweedale]