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-- Ruben Castaneda
Rachel Carson Measure Hindered
The U.S. Senate adjourned for the Memorial Day weekend yesterday without taking up a resolution honoring environmental author Rachel Carson, meaning that the measure will not be passed in time for the 100th anniversary of her birth, congressional staff members said.
The resolution to honor Carson, who died in 1964, was submitted this week by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.). It praised her 1962 book "Silent Spring," which warned of the environmental and public-health dangers posed by pesticides and other man-made pollutants, and called Carson the inspiration for modern environmentalism. Carson would have turned 100 tomorrow.
But plans were stymied when Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) used Senate rules to block the measure. Coburn said Carson's "junk science" improperly stigmatized the pesticide DDT and prevented it from being used on malaria-carrying mosquitoes. As a result, Coburn said, numerous people in the developing world have died of the disease.
Susan Sullam, a spokeswoman for Cardin, said yesterday that she was unsure whether he would continue to press for the resolution's passage.
-- David A. Fahrenthold
Measure Would Help Poor Children
Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) has introduced a dental health-care bill that would offer incentives to states that provide better access to needy children served by Medicaid and the state Children's Health Insurance Program.