Smart discussion about toxics policy reform
If it’s polluting people, stop it
Would you take an airline that screened baggage for high explosives? Sure. But what if the airline stopped there and didn’t check for firearms, knives, grenades, combustible liquids, ignition devices, caustics and other dangerous devices?  You’d find another way to get there, fast, and you’d...
CNN’s Gupta focuses on Kid-Safe Chemicals Act
CNN’s Sanjay Gupta reported this week that Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ,  intends to reintroduce the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act as the major vehicle for toxic chemicals policy reform “within the next month or so.” In a segment called Chemicals, innocent or guilty, Gupta, a physician and CNN’s...
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...
EPA Chief’s Call for Toxics Reform: Three Times in Two Months
The topic of human exposures to chemical contaminants and the need to overhaul the federal government’s approach to toxics regulation was again on the mind of the nation’s top environmental official in remarks she made last weekend in Philadelphia. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has now delivered...
EWG Conference Finds Broad Consensus on Toxic Chemicals Reform
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the environmental community voiced a broad consensus this week that the time has come for comprehensive reform of the outdated federal law created to ensure that Americans’ health is not threatened by the thousands of chemicals they...
Chemicals and the World’s Expanding Waistline
A human body, when taking in more calories than it expends, makes fat faster than you can say couch potato. But a growing stack of laboratory research suggests that some of the chemicals used in everyday items predispose an individual to the battle of the bulge, despite normal diet and exercise. Scientists...
Why I hope the EWG is wrong
No one makes a habit of displaying the inside of their medicine cabinet. But I’m doing it to make a point. The other night I took my skeptical husband to watch the filming of what’s being billed as “ ‘Inconvenient Truth’ for environmental health.” The Environmental Working Group’s  President, ...
Does BPA Cause Infertility?
Yale researchers may have solved a fundamental medical mystery: how bisphenol A (BPA), a ubiquitous plastics component, changes genetic chemistry and impairs fertility. The Yale team’s findings, previewed earlier this month to the Endocrine Society, a 14,000-member scientific and medical professional...
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