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EPA Offers Free Access to Chemicals Inventory

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...

FDA on sunscreens — the undecider

FDA on sunscreens — the undecider
When life’s a beach – and also when it’s not – we all need a sunscreen that gets the job done.   With skin cancer the most common of all malignancies and bogus claims and hype fogging the sun care products aisle, you’d think the federal Food and Drug Administration would step up the pace...

CNN’s Gupta focuses on Kid-Safe Chemicals Act

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...

Chemical Secrecy Keeps BPA in Food

Chemical Secrecy Keeps BPA in Food
Michael Potter, who runs a company that cans organic foods in Michigan, has a problem. He doesn’t want to sell Eden Food’s products in cans lined with epoxy resin containing bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen linked to a variety of potential health hazards. But, as he told Washington Post reporter...

Coke, Pepsi court green cred but fudge on BPA

Coke, Pepsi court green cred but fudge on BPA
There’s a lot to like about Coca-Cola’s bid for green cred at the 2010 Winter Olympics.  A key sponsor of the Vancouver games, the multinational maker of more than 3,000 beverages  is boasting a no-waste, carbon-neutral presence, with coolers that don’t emit greenhouse gases, staff uniforms and...

Secret Chemicals: File This Under, “You Gotta Be Kidding!”

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...

BPA: Why are we still eating this stuff?

BPA:  Why are we still eating this stuff?
The federal Food and Drug Administration hasn’t forced the plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) out of food packaging – yet.   But as things now stand, it’s just a matter of time. On Friday, in a dramatic about-face, FDA officials announced they would “support” – meaning jawbone — the...

EPA Moves on “Chemicals of Concern”

EPA Moves on “Chemicals of Concern”
It’s good to see the issue of reforming toxic chemicals regulation getting widespread coverage in a variety of media. Just this week (Jan. 11), Scientific American magazine published on its website a good account by author Lizzie Grossman of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) year-end decision...

CA Green Chemistry Author Backs Tough Chem Regs

CA Green Chemistry Author Backs Tough Chem Regs
By Renee Sharp, Director, EWG California Office, and Bill Allayaud, California Director of Governmental Affairs In September 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a measure that aimed to strengthen California’s trail-blazing Green Chemistry Initiative and transform the way that chemicals...

Protecting Maine’s Children from Toxics: Get It Right

Protecting Maine’s Children from Toxics: Get It Right
In 2008, the state of Maine took a big step toward protecting its children from exposures to potentially dangerous chemicals when its legislators passed the pioneering Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products Act. Now officials of the Pine Tree State are writing regulations to implement that law, and...
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