Smart discussion about toxics policy reform
Key stakeholders share ideas about TSCA reform
The morning session of today’s historic conference exploring routes to federal chemical policy reform made clear that there is now a strong consensus among key stakeholders – industry, the EPA and the White House, the environmental health community – on the need to reform the Toxic Substances...
Beginning of the (long overdue) end for federal toxics program?
What happened this week in San Francisco was nothing less than historic. Lisa Jackson, EPA’s chief and the president’s point-person on environmental policy, began something that should have happened 33 years ago: drive a stake into the heart of the horrendous federal chemicals regulatory program...
A Landmark Conversation: The Future of U.S. Chemicals Policy
Under the outdated and toothless federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), chemicals can go on the U.S. market with little or no safety testing, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has only limited power to protect public health. One result, studies have shown, is that babies are born with...
Cell phone radiation rules so last century
Cell phones used to be luxuries, like 8-track car stereos.  Now they’re everyday essentials, like toothbrushes. Especially for kids. An estimated 71 percent of American tweens and teens own cell phones, and more than half use the device daily, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Is...
If freaky fish are everywhere, are they still freaky?
Unsettling reports of “intersex” fish surface periodically in newspapers and scientific journals in scattered locations throughout the U.S.  These freakish fish are typically males with immature egg cells in their testes.  Occasionally they are female fish that display male characteristics. Intersex...
Sacramento says: Let them eat BPA
Last week I realized (again) how hard it is for citizens to protect their children when corporate interests are at stake.  It’s a maddeningly familiar equation: Threat to children  + Overwhelming constituent support + Solid science + Well-financed industry opposition with fear tactics = =...
Cereal boxes are for reading, not eating
My reason for choosing food packaged sustainably has always been driven by concern for the environment, with recycling and less damaging manufacturing practices at the forefront of my mind. Until last week, when it became a health issue, too. The cover story in the August 31 edition of Chemical and...
SIGG Zigs, Zags and Sags
Patagonia is PO’d, and in corporate America there’s no worse brand to get dissed by if you’re trying to sell in the green space. Patagonia is the gold standard for environmentally responsible business. And at the company’s insistence, it’s recycled gold. The Ventura, CA...
SIGG: It’s not easy not being green
SIGG Switzerland AG’s roster of stars who tote and tout its aluminum-and-synthetic water bottles reads like a A-list party at Cannes. Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson, Zac Effron , Lucy Liu, Tobey Maguire, Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba – and more. How long will the company hang...
SIGG Should Apologize, Offer Refunds
SIGG CEO Steve Wasik called earlier today to discuss EWG’s response to his recent announcement that SIGG water bottles did in fact contain the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their liners until August 2008. Wasik’s announcement has caused an uproar because the company led consumers and...
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