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A Little BPA Along with Your Change?

A Little BPA Along with Your Change?
You stand in line with your latte, your tube of toothpaste or your cart of groceries, you hand over your cash or credit card to the cashier, and he hands you back the receipt. You check that the amount looks right, then stuff it in your pocket or purse. Maybe you pull it out later to make a record of...

Chem companies have nothing to hide*

Chem companies have nothing to hide*
*so long as they don’t have to show anything By Leeann Brown, Press Associate, and Nils Bruzelius, Executive Editor Who says you can never find a cop when you need one? When Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN film crew was in Mossville, Louisiana, recently filming footage of 14 chemical plants that local...

Blowout Preventers that Don’t

Blowout Preventers that Don’t
“Blowout preventer” is on its way toward joining the ranks of all-star oxymorons. Everyone knows by now that the blowout preventer at the Deepwater Horizon drilling site deep in the Gulf of Mexico prevented exactly nothing. Seven weeks after this “fail-safe” system failed, the nation’s worst...

Why are dispersant chemicals secret?

Why are dispersant chemicals secret?
By Dave Andrews, Ph.D., EWG senior scientist and Elaine Shannon, EWG editor-in-chief British Petroleum, Inc. has dumped more than 400,000 gallons of chemical oil dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the undersea gusher caused by the April 20 blowout at BP’s exploration well, which...

Our Bodies’ Chemical Burden:
Little Doses Matter a Lot

Our Bodies’ Chemical Burden: <br/> Little Doses Matter a Lot
Third in a series of guest blogs by best-selling author Dan Goleman Here’s sobering news: any one of us, anywhere on the planet, lugs hundreds of industrial chemicals around in our bodies – and they are up to no good. If you want to know what industrial chemical compounds Michael Lerner or his wife...

What We Don’t Know About the Toxic Stuff Around Us

What We Don’t Know About the Toxic Stuff Around Us
Second in a series of guest blogs by best-selling author Dan Goleman Consider a box of microwaveable, butter-flavored popcorn. The label assures buyers it has zero grams of trans-fat and “zero mg cholesterol.” But the ingredients list fails to mention that the savory butter taste and mouth-watering...

What Toxicology Won’t Measure – And What To Do

What Toxicology Won’t Measure – And What To Do
First in a series of guest blogs by best-selling author Daniel Goleman I’ve got some bad news. Toxicology seems to have a blind spot when it comes to the stew of chemicals we breathe, drink or otherwise absorb over the course of life. Currently federal standards for determining toxicity are based...

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...

Coke, Pepsi court green cred but fudge on BPA

Coke, Pepsi court green cred but fudge on BPA
There’s a lot to like about Coca-Cola’s bid for green cred at the 2010 Winter Olympics.  A key sponsor of the Vancouver games, the multinational maker of more than 3,000 beverages  is boasting a no-waste, carbon-neutral presence, with coolers that don’t emit greenhouse gases, staff uniforms and...

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...
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