Smart discussion about toxics policy reform


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

Posted by Nils Bruzelius | Executive Editor
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 bipartisan consensus, subcommittee members pressed...

EPA Mulls Dioxin Safety — for 30 Years?

Posted by Elaine Shannon | Editor-in-chief, EWG
Waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to protect the public against dioxin is a lot like waiting for Godot. You keep thinking he’s about to show up… and then nothing happens. But at least he’s fictional. Dioxin is all too real. EPA’s own timeline of its labors to establish a safety standard for human exposure to dioxins dates...

Cell phone industry to S.F. — Stop making sense

Posted by Elaine Shannon | Editor-in-chief, EWG
How does an industry lobby punish a city – that’s right, an entire city – for requiring more public disclosure about the industry’s products? With money, of course. As you might expect from an industry lobby, it’s all about money. The city in the crosshairs is San Francisco, one of the nation’s great historic and cultural centers. The Cellular...

Proposed “Green Chemistry” Rules Miss the Target

Posted by Renee Sharp | Director, CA Office & Senior Scientist
Green chemistry is one of those ideas that sounds great – until you look closely and find a bevy of devils lurking in the details. That’s the problem with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to implement the state’s much ballyhooed Green Chemistry initiative, conceived as a means of restricting the use of toxic chemicals in household products. ...

Maryland Legislators Honored for Work on BPA Ban

Posted by Jason Rano | Legislative Analyst
Earlier this week, I joined a wide array of public health advocates to thank and honor Maryland Delegate James Hubbard and Senator Brian Frosh for their leadership in the successful effort to ban the plastics chemical BPA from drinking containers statewide.  The lawmakers received the “Children’s Health Advocate of the Year” award...

San Francisco Cell Phone Users Gain Right-to-Know

Posted by Leeann Brown | Press Associate
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 of the strongest supporters of the bill, has said...

Chem companies have nothing to hide*

Posted by Nils Bruzelius | Executive Editor
*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 activists blame for making area residents sick, none...

The Secret’s Out

Posted by Dave Andrews | EWG Senior Scientist
By Dave Andrews, Ph.D., EWG senior scientist, and Nils Bruzelius, executive editor It took almost a month. After weeks of complaints that BP and its supplier were stonewalling requests for a complete ingredients list for the dispersants being dumped on the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Environmental Protection Agency posted the information...