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Cell Phone Radiation Should be Disclosed at Point of Sale

Cell Phone Radiation Should be Disclosed at Point of Sale
The Interphone Study Group, a 10-year, 13-nation scientific collaboration coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a United Nations agency, has wrapped up its work without determining conclusively whether link exists between cell phone use and head and neck tumors. But some findings...

Chemical Secrecy Keeps BPA in Food

Chemical Secrecy Keeps BPA in Food
Michael Potter, who runs a company that cans organic foods in Michigan, has a problem. He doesn’t want to sell Eden Food’s products in cans lined with epoxy resin containing bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen linked to a variety of potential health hazards. But, as he told Washington Post reporter...

US Senate Investigates Chemicals in People

US Senate Investigates Chemicals in People
From bisphenol A (BPA) to flame retardants and beyond, industrial chemicals that have troubling connections to a host of human health problems and are widely used in consumer products came under tough scrutiny before a U.S. Senate hearing this week (Feb. 4). New Jersey Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D) called...

BPA: And Now the Placenta

BPA: And Now the Placenta
Researchers in Canada have given the FDA something new to think about as it takes a fresh look at the risks of the ubiquitous plastics chemical bisphenol A, or BPA. Their small lab study is quite different from any that’s been done before, because they tested the chemical directly on cells from human...

Death at DuPont

Death at DuPont
Phosgene, a widely used chemical that can be lethal at concentrations of less than 2 parts per million, killed a DuPont employee who died Sunday (Jan. 24) after inhaling the gas one day earlier in an accident at a West Virginia plant. The chemical is used in the production of various pesticides and herbicides...

Flame Retardant May Flame Out

Flame Retardant May Flame Out
When giant companies volunteer to phase out a money-making product, it’s big news. This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and three chemical manufacturing or import companies announced a deal to phase out the toxic flame retardant Decabromodiphenyl ether (Deca), heavily used in...

EPA Chief’s Call for Toxics Reform: Three Times in Two Months

EPA Chief’s Call for Toxics Reform: Three Times in Two Months
The topic of human exposures to chemical contaminants and the need to overhaul the federal government’s approach to toxics regulation was again on the mind of the nation’s top environmental official in remarks she made last weekend in Philadelphia. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has now delivered...

Trick or treat? How about lead instead.

Trick or treat? How about lead instead.
Laboratory tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) have found lead, a potent neurotoxin, in 100 percent of 10 popular children’s face paints. The amounts were low – but, as CSC points out, there’s no safe level of lead exposure, which is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

Beginning of the (long overdue) end for federal toxics program?

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...