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Bay Area City Presses Cell Radiation Right-to-Know

Bay Area City Presses Cell Radiation Right-to-Know
The City Council of Burlingame, California, is moving ahead with plans to come up with a cell phone right-to-know ordinance. Council members said last week (Oct. 18) they are working to draft the measure. If passed, it would require stores to post on their shelves the specific absorption rate (SAR),...

Closing the Gap on Cosmetics Safety

Closing the Gap on Cosmetics Safety
EWG strongly supports cosmetics companies that strive to make the safest possible products. Unfortunately, with major gaps in current cosmetics law, some manufacturers don’t always choose the safest ingredients. The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 would help close these gaps. Current law requires a...

House Members, Witnesses Clash Over Chemicals Regulation

House Members, Witnesses Clash Over Chemicals Regulation
photo by Lindsay Talley At a packed hearing before a key House subcommittee, Environmental Working Group President and co-founder Ken Cook called on Congress yesterday (July 29) to pass tough new legislation to repair a “broken toxic chemicals policy” that is currently so weak “the American public...

At Last! Cosmetics Bill Introduced in the House

At Last! Cosmetics Bill Introduced in the House
Over the past decade, Environmental Working Group has uncovered either hazardous or untested cosmetics ingredients everywhere our research has taken us — in product tests, in ingredient label surveys and even in people. In our biomonitoring studies, we sent blood and urine samples from 20 teenage...

Senators Decry Lack of Data on Oil Dispersants’ Effects, Safety

Senators Decry Lack of Data on Oil Dispersants’ Effects, Safety
Members of a powerful Senate Appropriations subcommittee said Thursday (July 15) that the lack of research on BP’s use of vast quantities of dispersants to break up the oil fouling the Gulf of Mexico leaves open the possibility that the chemicals could make the disaster worse, not better. In an unusual...

San Francisco Cell Phone Users Gain Right-to-Know

San Francisco Cell Phone Users Gain Right-to-Know
The city will be the first in the country to provide cell phone radiation data at the point of sale. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 Tuesday (June 15) to approve an ordinance that would require posting cell phone radiation emissions by retailers. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, one...

President’s Panel Issues a Call to Action on Chemicals

President’s Panel Issues a Call to Action on Chemicals
For anyone still in doubt about the need to tighten up the nation’s sad-sack system for protecting the public from hazardous chemicals, last week’s report (May 7) of the President’s Cancer Panel should provide serious food for thought. In a sharp break from the standard line of the American Cancer...

Let’s stop cutting sketchy imports a break

Let’s stop cutting sketchy imports a break
Over the past decade, dozens of imports from China and other countries have been recalled because they were laced with lead, cadmium and other clearly hazardous chemicals. Today, federal and state regulators are focusing on the subtler dangers of other chemicals in common consumer goods. As Congress...

Chemicals Reform Bill a Step Backwards for Children?

Chemicals Reform Bill a Step Backwards for Children?
You wouldn’t give your child an adult dose of Tylenol. You wouldn’t strap an infant into the front seat of your car. The government won’t let a baby be exposed to the same amount of pesticide a grownup can tolerate. But when it comes to regulating chemicals in children’s toys, bedding or baby...

Save the Best for Last
or, Do the Worst First

Save the Best for Last <br/>or, Do the Worst First
Ever keep putting off the worst things on your to-do list? Like dusting before tackling the bathrooms, delaying calling the dentist to set up your next appointment, puttering around in the garden before balancing your checkbook as your kids jump on the trampoline — before making their beds? Under...
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