Smart discussion about toxics policy reform
Industry calls them super plastics. What if they’re also super dangerous?
Wherever scientists have looked – in the pristine Arctic or comfortable Marin County – they have found people and wildlife polluted with perfluorochemicals (PFCs).  PFCs are the most indestructible chemicals ever made by man, and they are all around us.  Among the most worrisome PFCs: Perfluorooctanoic...
Columbia: Air Pollutants Lower NYC Kids’ IQs
A landmark study by Columbia University’s Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) has found that New York City children exposed in the womb to urban air pollutants score significantly lower on intelligence tests than children of mothers who breathed cleaner air during their pregnancies. The...
Eco-chic? Or cheap chic?
Channel Cameron Diaz, Vogue’s “Queen of Green?” Scour Martha Stewart for money-saving wedding tips? Tough call, and now you don’t have to make it. Not, at least, when you’re picking up a bottle of water for the drink-holder of your Prius/Mini/Trek Madone. Environmental...
Environment creates new strategy in Oregon Deca ban
It feels good to celebrate a victory now and again, doesn’t it? Especially when you’re in the business of reforming chemical policy in a country with an ineffective toxics law and a well-funded chemical lobby that routinely flies lobbyists from state capitol to state capitol to save its products....
Industry’s Call for TSCA Reform – No There There
Cal Dooley, new head of the chemical industry lobby group, the American Chemistry Council, seems to have pulled the industry’s head out of the proverbial sand.  Just a year ago the industry adamantly opposed changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Now the industry actively supports “modernization” of...
FDA Still Slow-walking Sunscreen Regs
EWG’s 2009 Sunscreen Guide finds some bright spots in the sun scene: The number of sunscreens containing UVA filters doubled, to 70 percent of 2,000-plus products analyzed. The number of sunscreens using oxybenzone, an endocrine-disrupting chemical, dropped by 19 percent. Two of five sunscreens on...