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Let’s stop cutting sketchy imports a break

Let’s stop cutting sketchy imports a break
Over the past decade, dozens of imports from China and other countries have been recalled because they were laced with lead, cadmium and other clearly hazardous chemicals. Today, federal and state regulators are focusing on the subtler dangers of other chemicals in common consumer goods. As Congress...

Teflon Oven Liner? Not In My Kitchen

Teflon Oven Liner?   Not In My Kitchen
By Dave Andrews, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Environmental Working Group Poking around the kitchen of our new house, Lena and I discovered a flat piece of synthetic something-or-other under the oven’s lower burner. Our landlord proudly explained that it was a Betty Crocker non-stick oven liner, a great...

Industry calls them super plastics. What if they’re also super dangerous?

Industry calls them super plastics. What if they’re also super dangerous?
Wherever scientists have looked – in the pristine Arctic or comfortable Marin County – they have found people and wildlife polluted with perfluorochemicals (PFCs).  PFCs are the most indestructible chemicals ever made by man, and they are all around us.  Among the most worrisome PFCs: Perfluorooctanoic...

Toxic Teflon – Too Little, Too Late

Toxic Teflon – Too Little, Too Late
The unfolding debacle with toxic Teflon products is a great example of what happens when you wait too long to regulate a chemical. Teflon, a perflourinated compound (PFC) made by the DuPont company, and related PFCs are some of the most problematic substances ever allowed into widespread commercial use. But...