Smart discussion about toxics policy reform
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...
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?
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...
Therapists Focus on Toxics and Kids
Here’s one measure of how much the issue of toxic contaminants’ effects on health and development — especially in children – has gained traction: A continuing education program aimed mostly at psychotherapists is devoting a day-long course to the subject this weekend in Boston. It’s...
BPA Wrecks Sex, Fouls Food — and Worse
When people ask whether modern synthetics are damaging their health and endangering future generations, Topic A is nearly always bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen, an integral component of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins and one of the highest volume industrial chemicals in existence. Now...
FDA Under Pressure for BPA Food Safety Rules
As a key deadline approaches, scientists and environmental health advocates are ramping up pressure on the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rein in food contamination from bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic component and synthetic estrogen  detected in the bodies of 93 percent of Americans tested. During...
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the environmental community voiced a broad consensus this week that the time has come for comprehensive reform of the outdated federal law created to ensure that Americans’ health is not threatened by the thousands of chemicals they...
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 = =...
Cereal boxes are for reading, not eating
My reason for choosing food packaged sustainably has always been driven by concern for the environment, with recycling and less damaging manufacturing practices at the forefront of my mind. Until last week, when it became a health issue, too. The cover story in the August 31 edition of Chemical and...
SIGG Zigs, Zags and Sags
Patagonia is PO’d, and in corporate America there’s no worse brand to get dissed by if you’re trying to sell in the green space. Patagonia is the gold standard for environmentally responsible business. And at the company’s insistence, it’s recycled gold. The Ventura, CA...
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