Smart discussion about toxics policy reform
EPA Offers Free Access to Chemicals Inventory
It’s about time! The US Environmental Protection Agency put out the word yesterday (March 15) that people who want to see its public inventory of industrial chemicals will no longer have to shell out their own money to get it. It’s a small but meaningful step on a longer and contentious road to give...
Doing the Right Thing
It’s not news that getting anything substantive through Congress these days is like pushing very big rocks uphill, even when there is remarkable consensus on the topic. That’s why a broad array of organizations that care about people’s health came together this week to thank Administrator Lisa...
US Senate Investigates Chemicals in People
From bisphenol A (BPA) to flame retardants and beyond, industrial chemicals that have troubling connections to a host of human health problems and are widely used in consumer products came under tough scrutiny before a U.S. Senate hearing this week (Feb. 4). New Jersey Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D) called...
Secret Chemicals: File This Under, “You Gotta Be Kidding!”
But we’re not. Here’s the story. When a chemical manufacturer finds out that one of its products “presents a substantial risk of injury to health or the environment,”  the company is required under federal law to give that information immediately to the US Environmental Protection Agency. The...
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...
Curbing the Erin Brockovich Chemical
Back in 1991, a young paralegal poking around in some real estate files noticed a peculiar concentration of cancer in tiny Hinkley, CA. The rest was almost history. Erin Brockovich’s find led to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, whose compressor station, California state investigators determined ,...
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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