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Monday, March 30, 2015

My four-year-old son Jack likes to play on the floor.
 

Monday, March 30, 2015

The loss of a family member is devastating – even more so knowing that the death might have been preventable.
 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If a product you were thinking of buying contained asbestos, chances are you’d want to know while you were in the store, say, by reading a warning on the item’s label.

 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Do you know that your couch may be toxic to you and your kids? A weak federal chemical safety law and poorly designed state fire safety standards fail to protect Americans from thousands of dangerous chemicals like flame retardants.

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It was abundantly clear at the recent Senate hearing that Democrats on the Environment and Public Works Committee have grave doubts about legislation the chemical industry has written to regulate itself (S.697).
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A growing chorus is speaking out against legislation to update federal chemical safety law that was introduced last week by Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter, R-La.  The industry-backed bill would retain the existing weak safety standard for toxic chemicals and limit the ability of states to enact and enforce their own rules to protect public health.
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Many Americans probably believe asbestos was banned years ago, consigned to the trash bin of history, never to be seen again. Not so. This notorious human carcinogen is still legal for use in the U.S.
 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The two chemical safety “reform” bills introduced this week provide a clear choice for members of Congress.
 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Consumers rightly expect that the chemicals used in everyday products are safe.
 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Chemicals used in everyday products should be safe – right? States should have a role in regulating potentially toxic chemicals – right?

Monday, March 9, 2015

With much of the country buried beneath snow and battling frigid temperatures, most Americans are focused on scarves and shovels, not sun safety and skin cancer. While sunscreen is likely not at the top of your shopping list, it should be!
 

Monday, March 9, 2015

States are leading the way when it comes to protecting people from dangerous chemicals.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Updated data from the Center for Responsive Politics and lobbying disclosure forms filed with Congress show that the American Chemistry Council, along with chemical giants Dow, Dupont, BASF, 3M, Honeywell and Koch Industries, spent $69 million in 2014 to lobby legislators – up from $62.9 million in 2013 and $58.5 million in 2012.
 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A groundbreaking study released today (March 5) concludes that endocrine-disrupting chemicals add at least $209 billion a year to the European Union’s health costs for diseases and disabilities associated with these chemicals.

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

When I bought my first iPhone 3G, one of the first things I did was research the best (and cutest) cases on the market. Even though I had worked on the issues of cell phone radiation and transparency, it never crossed my mind that a case could affect my exposure.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What makes a healthy diet? Adopting a low-fat diet didn’t make Americans healthier. But does that mean “paleo” is the way to go?

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Obama administration’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a panel of respected scientific and medical experts who help craft the federal government’s official position on nutrition, yesterday released a long-awaited report that finally acknowledged the link between human health and environmental health.
 

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

When I heard earlier this week that a train carrying crude oil had derailed and exploded in flames near the West Virginia town of Mount Carbon, I had a sickening feeling of déjà vu.
 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In between blizzards, you may be thinking of installing insulation to save money and energy.
 

Monday, February 9, 2015

A study published last week (Feb. 5) has confirmed once again that a good way to eat fewer pesticides is to choose organically grown fruits and veggies whenever possible.

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