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CA Green Chemistry Author Backs Tough Chem Regs

CA Green Chemistry Author Backs Tough Chem Regs
By Renee Sharp, Director, EWG California Office, and Bill Allayaud, California Director of Governmental Affairs In September 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a measure that aimed to strengthen California’s trail-blazing Green Chemistry Initiative and transform the way that chemicals...

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,...

The next big green things

The next big green things
Climate change dominates the headlines this month, and that’s likely to continue well into the new decade. But green issues don’t stop there. EWG predicts the next big stories on the environmental front: 1. Rising infertility, early puberty, obesity linked to endocrine-disrupting chemicals The...

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...

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...

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...

News About Pollution In People

Later this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will cast the issue of pollution and health into sharp focus with the release of the fourth and most ambitious edition of the National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. 212 Chemicals in 8,000 Americans The CDC biomonitoring...

Why Are BPA and Other Chemicals in the Womb?

Why Are BPA and Other Chemicals in the Womb?
As a physician, I’m careful to ask my patients for a complete list of their medications  before prescribing another pharmaceutical because drugs that may not have any important side effects when taken individually can cause significant toxicity when mixed in the body. As a scientist specializing in...

A lot of Mercury in a lot of Fish

A lot of Mercury in a lot of Fish
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released results of an 11-year study showing, for the first time ever, the average concentrations of 268 “persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic” (PBT) chemicals in American lake fish. Of the 268 chemicals, there were two the agency found in every...
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