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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...

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,...

A Historic Conference: The Future of U.S. Chemicals Policy

More than 150 representatives of industry, government, academia and the environmental community voiced a broad consensus this week that the time has come for comprehensive reform of the outdated federal law created to ensure that Americans’ health is not threatened by the thousands of chemicals they...

Key stakeholders share ideas about TSCA reform

Key stakeholders share ideas about TSCA reform
The morning session of today’s historic conference exploring routes to federal chemical policy reform made clear that there is now a strong consensus among key stakeholders – industry, the EPA and the White House, the environmental health community – on the need to reform the Toxic Substances...

Message in a BPA-free bottle: Destination Sacramento

Message in a BPA-free bottle: Destination Sacramento
Yes, there are BPA-free baby bottles.  No, they’re not cheap or available in every neighborhood.  And you’re right, your ‘to-do’ list should not include getting a degree in toxicology, deciphering cryptic labels, or spending hours (that you likely don’t have) researching...

What’s in your baby’s bottle? Fight to ban toxic chemical heats up

What’s in your baby’s bottle?  Fight to ban toxic chemical heats up
Each and every time California’s babies and toddlers take a sip from their bottle or their sippy cup, they are needlessly exposed to a dangerous chemical. I am determined to change that and to protect our children. I am currently embroiled in a David and Goliath battle to pass SB 797, which would...

Why I hope the EWG is wrong

Why I hope the EWG is wrong
No one makes a habit of displaying the inside of their medicine cabinet. But I’m doing it to make a point. The other night I took my skeptical husband to watch the filming of what’s being billed as “ ‘Inconvenient Truth’ for environmental health.” The Environmental Working Group’s  President, ...

Industry’s Call for TSCA Reform – No There There

Industry’s Call for TSCA Reform – No There There
Cal Dooley, new head of the chemical industry lobby group, the American Chemistry Council, seems to have pulled the industry’s head out of the proverbial sand.  Just a year ago the industry adamantly opposed changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Now the industry actively supports “modernization” of...
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