Smart discussion about toxics policy reform
Does BPA Cause Infertility?
Yale researchers may have solved a fundamental medical mystery: how bisphenol A (BPA), a ubiquitous plastics component, changes genetic chemistry and impairs fertility. The Yale team’s findings, previewed earlier this month to the Endocrine Society, a 14,000-member scientific and medical professional...
Flame Retardants for Breakfast
It’s not like we needed more proof that our chemical regulatory system is completely broken.  But we have it anyway. It appears as though the food industry is starting to ship fresh produce on plastic pallets, each made with 3.5 pounds of pure decabromodiphenyl ether – Deca for short, the neurotoxic...
Do clean schools make kids sick?
Whenever we walk into a recently-cleaned school classroom or bathroom, the harsh odor of industrial-strength cleaning products hits like a wave. The smell of “clean” can make us cough. A little cough is the least of our worries. Asthma rates are on the rise – 1 in 6 kids in California develop asthma...
Is this EPA Serious about Chemical Regulation?
The federal program to “assess and manage” industrial chemicals polluting the environment has never done either.  Instead of ChAMP (for Chemical Assessment and Management Program, Orwellian Newspeak if we ever heard it), it should have been named KERCHING — for the millions of dollars the...
Is Our Stuff Killing Us?
There’s a lot to love about the 21st Century. Wireless. Hybrids. Ipods. Hockey in June. But modern life comes at the price of a body burden of pollutants. The stuff we like is amazingly light, pliable, tough, tiny, shatter-proof, stain-proof, waterproof, spongy, fire-resistant, explosive, clear,...
Coca-Cola’s Non-Answer on BPA
Earlier this month, EWG president Ken Cook wrote the Coca-Cola company to ask why a Coca-Cola representative had been part of a lobbyists’ strategy session during which, according to a leaked memo, food and chemical industry reps discussed countering proposed bans on the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol...
Measuring Pollution In People
The mass spectrometers needed to measure traces of chemicals and their byproducts in human samples of blood and urine are big beige machines that, to the untrained eye, look like something you might find at your neighborhood photocopy store. Commanded by researchers and technicians in clean suits seated...
Death by a Thousand Snapshots
Nothing scares the chemical industry like the facts.  That’s why big chemical companies are so afraid of biomonitoring. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, biomonitoring is the testing of blood, urine, breast milk, hair or other tissue for the presence of industrial chemicals and pollutants. What...
Winning on BPA? Not so fast.
It’s been quite a ride with the fight against the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA)–  David vs. Goliath, public interest advocates and a handful of scientists pushing back against lobbyists and dealmakers, shady government contractors, bogus science,  backroom strategy sessions. The...