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EPA Turnaround: Collecting Data on Fracking Risks Just Might be a Good Idea

EPA Turnaround: Collecting Data on Fracking Risks Just Might be a Good Idea
Reversing a stand it took six years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will launch a $1.9 million research program to learn whether a technology that has spurred a boom in domestic natural gas production poses a threat to drinking water and public health. In 2004, in a study that was not...

EPA Offers Free Access to Chemicals Inventory

EPA Offers Free Access to Chemicals Inventory
It’s about time! The US Environmental Protection Agency put out the word yesterday (March 15) that people who want to see its public inventory of industrial chemicals will no longer have to shell out their own money to get it. It’s a small but meaningful step on a longer and contentious road to give...

Doing the Right Thing

Doing the Right Thing
It’s not news that getting anything substantive through Congress these days is like pushing very big rocks uphill, even when there is remarkable consensus on the topic. That’s why a broad array of organizations that care about people’s health came together this week to thank Administrator Lisa...

Secret Chemicals: File This Under, “You Gotta Be Kidding!”

Secret Chemicals: File This Under, “You Gotta Be Kidding!”
But we’re not. Here’s the story. When a chemical manufacturer finds out that one of its products “presents a substantial risk of injury to health or the environment,”  the company is required under federal law to give that information immediately to the US Environmental Protection Agency. The...

EPA Moves on “Chemicals of Concern”

EPA Moves on “Chemicals of Concern”
It’s good to see the issue of reforming toxic chemicals regulation getting widespread coverage in a variety of media. Just this week (Jan. 11), Scientific American magazine published on its website a good account by author Lizzie Grossman of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) year-end decision...

Protecting Maine’s Children from Toxics: Get It Right

Protecting Maine’s Children from Toxics: Get It Right
In 2008, the state of Maine took a big step toward protecting its children from exposures to potentially dangerous chemicals when its legislators passed the pioneering Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products Act. Now officials of the Pine Tree State are writing regulations to implement that law, and...

Congressman Cleans Up

Sure, it’s an act, but it beats watching a bunch of suits standing at a lectern in the Congressional press gallery. In a video he posted recently on YouTube, Rep. Steve Israel gets down and dirty – actually, he gets down and cleans. Wearing a yellow tie and the sleeves of his blue shirt rolled up,...

Chemical Industry Hides Thousands of Secrets

Chemical Industry Hides Thousands of Secrets
Americans have no way to learn crucial information about more than 65 percent of new chemicals approved by the U.S. government since 1977, including the substances’ makeup and what health and safety hazards they might pose. Those “details” are being kept secret under federal policies that allow...

Top 10 Environmental Stories of the Decade — That You Might Have Missed

Top 10 Environmental Stories of the Decade — That You Might Have Missed
EWG staffers put our heads together to come up with this list of bad news environmental stories over the last decade that people might have missed. But there were plenty of big stories that hardly anyone could have missed, such as climate change. What’s on your list of the biggest environmental...

Tests Find Hundreds of Pollutants in U.S. Tap Water

Tests Find Hundreds of Pollutants in U.S. Tap Water
Millions of Americans don’t trust that the water coming out of their taps is safe to drink. New research by Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests that for many, there’s good reason to be concerned. Over the last three years, EWG assembled an unprecedented database of 20 million tap water testing...
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