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November 16, 2009 The Center submitted condemning evidence to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection demonstrating that Lake Mead, Las Vegas Bay, and Las Vegas Wash are being polluted by unregulated endocrine-disrupting chemicals. We requested that the state include these water bodies on Nevada’s list of impaired waters pursuant to section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and establish and enforce limitations.

January 11, 2010 – The Center petitioned the EPA to establish water-quality criteria for numerous endocrine-disrupting chemicals under the Clean Water Act.

January 20, 2010 – The Center submitted comments opposing Nevada’s plan to allow the discharge of 25 million gallons per day of effluent into Las Vegas Wash and Lake Mead without requiring the removal of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

November 2010The Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan to finally ban endosulfan, a highly toxic pesticide and endocrine disruptor that for decades threatened rare wildlife species and been linked to severe human health problems. The EPA stated that the pesticide would be phased out by 2016 across the United States.

California red-legged frog photo © Colin Brown