Smart discussion about toxics policy reform
House Members, Witnesses Clash Over Chemicals Regulation
photo by Lindsay Talley At a packed hearing before a key House subcommittee, Environmental Working Group President and co-founder Ken Cook called on Congress yesterday (July 29) to pass tough new legislation to repair a “broken toxic chemicals policy” that is currently so weak “the American public...
President’s Panel Issues a Call to Action on Chemicals
For anyone still in doubt about the need to tighten up the nation’s sad-sack system for protecting the public from hazardous chemicals, last week’s report (May 7) of the President’s Cancer Panel should provide serious food for thought. In a sharp break from the standard line of the American Cancer...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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