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Sacramento says: Let them eat BPA

Sacramento says: Let them eat BPA
Last week I realized (again) how hard it is for citizens to protect their children when corporate interests are at stake.  It’s a maddeningly familiar equation: Threat to children  + Overwhelming constituent support + Solid science + Well-financed industry opposition with fear tactics = =...

Groundhog Day at FDA

Groundhog Day at FDA
Remember the 1993 film Groundhog Day? Bill Murray’s TV weatherman found himself trapped in a time warp in a turgid little town and despaired, “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” That locked-in-place feeling...

EPA may crack down on rocket fuel in drinking water

EPA may crack down on rocket fuel in drinking water
Fulfilling a confirmation pledge, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Lisa P. Jackson is revisiting the Bush administration’s refusal to regulate rocket fuel pollution in the nation’s drinking water. Jackson’s move, announced Wednesday, is being welcomed by the environmental community and...

Eco-chic? Or cheap chic?

Eco-chic?  Or cheap chic?
Channel Cameron Diaz, Vogue’s “Queen of Green?” Scour Martha Stewart for money-saving wedding tips? Tough call, and now you don’t have to make it. Not, at least, when you’re picking up a bottle of water for the drink-holder of your Prius/Mini/Trek Madone. Environmental...

FDA Still Slow-walking Sunscreen Regs

FDA Still Slow-walking Sunscreen Regs
EWG’s 2009 Sunscreen Guide finds some bright spots in the sun scene: The number of sunscreens containing UVA filters doubled, to 70 percent of 2,000-plus products analyzed. The number of sunscreens using oxybenzone, an endocrine-disrupting chemical, dropped by 19 percent. Two of five sunscreens on...

Flame Retardants for Breakfast

Flame Retardants for Breakfast
It’s not like we needed more proof that our chemical regulatory system is completely broken.  But we have it anyway. It appears as though the food industry is starting to ship fresh produce on plastic pallets, each made with 3.5 pounds of pure decabromodiphenyl ether – Deca for short, the neurotoxic...

Is this EPA Serious about Chemical Regulation?

Is this EPA Serious about Chemical     Regulation?
The federal program to “assess and manage” industrial chemicals polluting the environment has never done either.  Instead of ChAMP (for Chemical Assessment and Management Program, Orwellian Newspeak if we ever heard it), it should have been named KERCHING — for the millions of dollars the...

Winning on BPA? Not so fast.

Winning on BPA?   Not so fast.
It’s been quite a ride with the fight against the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA)–  David vs. Goliath, public interest advocates and a handful of scientists pushing back against lobbyists and dealmakers, shady government contractors, bogus science,  backroom strategy sessions. The...
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