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Friday, March 4, 2016

The American Chemistry Council, along with chemical giants Dow, DuPont, BASF, 3M, Honeywell and Koch Industries, spent more than  $55 million last year to lobby lawmakers – bringing their four-year total to just over $245 million, according to updated data from the Center for Responsive Politics and lobbying disclosure forms filed with Congress.

 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The bad news about a toxic chemical used to make Teflon keeps getting worse.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The science of biomonitoring – measuring the chemical pollution in people – produces a seemingly unbroken stream of horror stories, with study after study reporting a new toxic threat building up in our bodies. So when a study shows declining levels of toxic chemicals in people, it’s good news – and encouraging proof that citizen action against hazardous chemicals works.

 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Americans overwhelmingly want the government to ensure the safety of the personal care products they buy, according to a new national poll released today by the Mellman Group and American Viewpoint.

 

Monday, February 29, 2016

As the New York Times reported today, federal lawmakers may be about to give Monsanto a multi billion-dollar break. H.R. 2576, The TSCA Modernization Act, is a bill designed to update our nation’s badly broken chemical laws. However, a short provision quietly added at the last minute might give Monsanto a way out of liability from decades-old pollution. While the change was so subtle many lawmakers probably did not even notice it, the implications are significant enough that maybe it should be called the “Monsanto bailout clause.”

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Three U.S. government agencies have teamed up to investigate the safety of widely used crumb rubber surfaces on playgrounds and playing fields. To date, safety studies of crumb rubber – tiny “crumbs” of old tires that stabilize and cushion artificial turf – have been limited and inconclusive. Now the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Consumer Product Safety Commission have agreed on a research action plan to begin filling the gaps in knowledge about how crumb rubber affects children and athletes who play on these surfaces.

 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Throughout most of the 20th Century, American cities and homeowners installed lead pipes and solder in their tap water delivery systems – creating a toxic legacy for all of us. And the problem isn’t likely to change soon. No matter where you live, you can use simple techniques to discover whether your tap water is polluted with lead.
 

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

In 1971 Ford Motor Company decided that $1.25 per car was too much to spend on safer alternatives to asbestos brakes. Thirty years later, in the face of mounting lawsuits, Ford began spending millions for questionable studies trying to show that brake mechanics exposed to asbestos are not at increased risk of cancer.

 

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Many people buy organic food because of the humane animal care requirements and environmental benefits, but is it actually better for you?

 

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cosmetics companies and health and consumer advocates are coming together to support the Personal Care Products Safety Act, which would strengthen federal regulations that have remained largely unchanged for more than 75 years. Cosmetics are a $60 billion-a-year business, and no other products are so widely used by American consumers with such few safeguards.

 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

As a cancer epidemiologist, I’ve spent a lot of time researching the links between environmental contaminants and cancer. One of the pitfalls of the Digital Age is that people come across a lot of information that isn’t based on sound scientific evidence or is, at best, anecdotal. That’s dangerous, because conjecture and falsehoods that masquerade as fact can hamper efforts to prevent and treat cancer.

 

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Do you wonder whether your air freshener’s formulation is safe? Are you tired of reading product labels with the catch-all terms “fragrance” or “natural fragrance” but no specific ingredients?

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mars Inc., the multinational corporation that produces iconic candies such as M&Ms, Milky Way and Snickers, announced last week that it will phase out artificial colors from its products over the next five years.

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and let’s face it: your kids will eat a lot of sugary treats come February 14. Thanks to school, team and neighborhood parties, many kids spend Valentine’s Day surrounded by candy and baked goods, most of which parents provide.

 

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Our verification program was created to help shoppers quickly and easily identify products that meet our strictest health and transparency standards. The program is gaining momentum and awareness, and the list of products in the pipeline for verification is rapidly growing. You can already find select EWG VERIFIEDTM products from Beautycounter, MyChelle and Rejuva Minerals.

 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Megan Schwarzman, an environmental health researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, has come up with a novel approach to screening synthetic chemicals and pollutants for their potential to cause breast cancer.  Her new method focuses on identifying chemicals that cause biological changes that scientists have associated with the development of breast cancer.

 

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Friday, February 5, 2016

The big game is right around the corner and millions of Americans are making winning game plans for a Super Bowl party packed with quintessential football fare. Super Bowl Sunday comes in second only to Thanksgiving when it comes to eating holidays, with some reports suggesting that the average football fan consumes more than 2,400 calories during the game! That’s a pretty big number, even by linebacker standards. If you want to stay clear of nutritional penalties while still scoring a touchdown for great snacks with your guests, try these plays.

 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Today is World Cancer Day, a perfect time to raise awareness and spur action in the fight against cancer. It’s a day to reflect on a very important question: What is the main cause of cancer? Is it driven by avoidable lifestyle and environmental factors or is it largely due to chance?

 

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Elephants are less likely to get cancer than humans, even though they have many more cells.  Why?  Teams of scientists from the University of Utah and the University of Chicago have separately concluded that the answer may primarily center around a critical cancer-defense gene called TP53, which detects cells with damaged DNA and either repairs or kills them off. Both elephants and humans have this gene, but elephants have many more copies in their genetic make-up.  It’s highly significant that two research teams arrived independently at the same result: in science, replication and independent verification are crucial to validating findings. Read more about the elephant research… 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In the coming months, congressional negotiators will try to reconcile two bills aimed at fixing the nation's broken and outdated chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act. As we’ve made lear time, time and time again, neither bill will fix what ails TSCA – a law so broken that the Environmental Protection Agency has only been able to regulate five chemicals since 1976.

 

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