There were plenty of good reasons to oppose President Trump’s nomination of Michael Dourson to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency. Dourson, who was opposed by public health, reproductive health, labor, business and environmental organizations, withdrew his nomination Wednesday.
The Trump administration's scheme to make utility customers subsidize dirty, dangerous and aging coal and nuclear power plants would result in 27,000 premature deaths and a net cost of $263 billion by 2045, according to projections by independent researchers.
When Dr. Brandon E. Boor and his colleagues tested 20 new and used crib mattresses purchased in 2011 or earlier, they detected two classes of chemicals associated with endocrine disruption and harm to the reproductive system and development: flame retardants and phthalates.
During the first few years of their lives, infants can spend most of their time sleeping or crawling in the crib. Choosing children’s products that are good for air quality in the baby’s room can be a difficult task.
The phaseout of a hazardous chemical formerly used to make Teflon has likely prevented thousands of low-weight births in the U.S. each year, saving billions of dollars in health care costs, says a new study from researchers at New York University.
The Environmental Protection Agency knows that dozens of the chemicals used in fracking pose health hazards. The agency not only allows their use, but also lets the oil and gas industry keep the chemicals secret, according to a new report.
The World Health Organization issued new guidelines strongly urging farmers to stop the routine use of antibiotics in animals that aren’t sick. WHO, an arm of the United Nations, is concerned that this overuse is creating “superbugs” – deadly bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics used to treat human infections.
In a new report this week, EWG discovered that a large swath of profitable farm operations are getting subsidized twice for one crop loss. In 2014 and 2015 these double dippers took advantage of federal farm subsidy programs to the tune of nearly $24 billion dollars, courtesy of taxpayers.
Replacements for bisphenol A, a hormone-disrupting chemical in plastics and food containers, could be just as harmful or even worse than it, according to a new study by the National Toxicology Program.
Five years is a long time in the life of a child – and for the child’s parents. Five years can be a period of profound change, growth and development. But if Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has his way, millions of American kids will continue to eat harmful amounts of at least two dangerous pesticides for at least that long.
Roughly a third of the meat on every turkey goes straight into the garbage. If you tend not to finish your leftovers, buy a smaller bird this year. Try an organic, local or heritage turkey or one raised without antibiotics. Or embrace a seasonal centerpiece of stuffed winter squash.