Smart discussion about toxics policy reform
Can SIGG Salvage Its Name Post-BPA?
Last week, Steve Wasik, chief executive officer of SIGG Switzerland, made an astonishing admission: the company’s aluminum water bottles manufactured before August 2008 had been made with epoxy resin that contains bisphenol A (BPA). “The primary reason that I am writing this letter today is...
Groundhog Day at FDA
Remember the 1993 film Groundhog Day? Bill Murray’s TV weatherman found himself trapped in a time warp in a turgid little town and despaired, “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” That locked-in-place feeling...
Chemicals and the World’s Expanding Waistline
A human body, when taking in more calories than it expends, makes fat faster than you can say couch potato. But a growing stack of laboratory research suggests that some of the chemicals used in everyday items predispose an individual to the battle of the bulge, despite normal diet and exercise. Scientists...
EPA may crack down on rocket fuel in drinking water
Fulfilling a confirmation pledge, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Lisa P. Jackson is revisiting the Bush administration’s refusal to regulate rocket fuel pollution in the nation’s drinking water. Jackson’s move, announced Wednesday, is being welcomed by the environmental community and...
Chemical Trade Group Releases ‘Principles for Modernizing’ Toxic Chemical Law
The American Chemistry Council released a set of 10 principles today for modernizing the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act.  EWG staff met with ACC President Cal Dooley and colleagues for a preview yesterday, and we congratulated them for stepping up to the challenge of mending a law that, in our view,...
What’s in your baby’s bottle? Fight to ban toxic chemical heats up
Each and every time California’s babies and toddlers take a sip from their bottle or their sippy cup, they are needlessly exposed to a dangerous chemical. I am determined to change that and to protect our children. I am currently embroiled in a David and Goliath battle to pass SB 797, which would...
Why I hope the EWG is wrong
No one makes a habit of displaying the inside of their medicine cabinet. But I’m doing it to make a point. The other night I took my skeptical husband to watch the filming of what’s being billed as “ ‘Inconvenient Truth’ for environmental health.” The Environmental Working Group’s  President, ...