Smart discussion about toxics policy reform
Save the Best for Last
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...
New Chemicals:
Getting the Right Data, and Getting the Data Right
Under the new legislation pending in Congress to reform the nation’s ineffectual chemicals regulation law, it would be easy to paralyze the Environmental Protection Agency under mountains of data — if it’s not done right. The discussion draft circulated by the House Energy and Commerce Committee,...
R-Rated Chemicals – This is Reform?
Is it possible that Congress would pass a bill allowing new chemicals on the market that might be even less safe than the ones we have now, to be used in products we buy and use everyday – even in children’s products? Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the newly released House discussion draft...
KID-SAFE CHEMICALS
The Cost of Inaction
Every time there’s a debate over efforts to protect people from environmental health dangers, the folks facing new regulatory demands point out in great detail what it will cost in lost profits, higher prices to consumers and reduced productivity. Those arguments deserve to be weighed in the balance,...
KID-SAFE CHEMICALS
News to Use – For All of Us
After nearly 35 years with basically no information on just about any chemical, is it possible to have too much “minimal” information?  Sounds hard to imagine, but some apparently think so. Here’s the issue. Under the newly-released House draft of a chemical regulation reform bill, EPA would...
Kid-Safe Chemicals:
What We – and EPA – Need to Know
Before you buy a car, you check its safety, reliability and performance ratings. Before you buy a house, you hire an experienced inspector to look for hidden problems.  Before you expose your children to toxic chemicals?  Not so much. Most used car dealers have more reliable information on...
Lautenberg Plan: Safety First
The effort to protect Americans from chemical dangers took a historic step forward today as Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Environmental Health, introduced legislation to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976.  The current law is riddled...
EWG Supporters Push Chemicals Act Reform
The campaign for Kid-Safe Chemicals shifted into high gear this week (April 14) on a glorious spring day in Washington D.C. as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) presented petitions signed by more than 85,000 Americans to key Senate backers of chemicals regulation reform. On the day before Sen. Frank...
What Toxicology Won’t Measure – And What To Do
First in a series of guest blogs by best-selling author Daniel Goleman I’ve got some bad news. Toxicology seems to have a blind spot when it comes to the stew of chemicals we breathe, drink or otherwise absorb over the course of life. Currently federal standards for determining toxicity are based...
BPA Spin: That’s What Persists and Accumulates
If the consequences weren’t so serious, it would be entertaining to watch the chemical industry’s top lobbyists scramble to defend the signature toxic chemical of the new millennium, bisphenol-A (BPA).  This is a chemical with some serious toxic muscle.  It’s not just that BPA is a clear and...
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