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BUSTED: former FDA head charged with conflict of interest and lying

Ex-FDA chief Lester Crawford pled guilty today to being the latest administration scumbag caught owning shares of companies he regulated. Crawford was forced out last year, after a grand total of two...

California begins biomonitoring initiative

Last week California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed a bill to establish a state-wide biomonitoring program aimed at helping to identify populations at-risk from long-term chemical exposures...

Florida county debates fluoridation of municipal water

"After being alerted to a scientific report linking high fluoride levels in drinking water to tooth and bone ailments, the Martin County Commission decided Tuesday to reconsider adding fluoride to the...

Products banned elsewhere still pervasive in U.S.

Marla Cone of the Los Angeles Times has writtten a brilliant (albeit disturbing) article on the many products for sale in the US which have been banned in most other countries as toxic. The piece...

CNN: Not quite a hero

A few days ago, I blogged about the CNN Hero Awards and my personal favorite, Pablo Fajardo. In the meantime, Pablo won for the Fighting for Justice category. Also in the meantime, my post drew a note...

Mulch: Farm Bill ripoff passes Senate, 79-14

And what a shameful abdication of leadership it represents. If enacted, this bill will cause billions of dollars in federal subsidies to pour out to farms earning record net incomes. Billions of...

SMM: The Story of Stuff

Free Range Studios has done it again, this time by teaming up with sustainability and environmental health expert Annie Leonard to produce The Story of Stuff, a twenty-minute film documenting the...

Must read: Avoiding World War III

In a post earlier this week, Sierra Club president Carl Pope discusses the "dangerous distraction" of nuclear power: The President in his press conference today was questioned about the new...

There's BPA in infant formula.

Did that get your attention? Unfortunately, it's true. EWG released a report today detailing our analysis of children's exposure to BPA through infant formula. Look for a more detailed post here...

Right above us, and way ahead on curbing chemical exposure

It seems Canada is not only physically above the United States, but ahead of us as well when it comes to reducing the exposure of its most vulnerable populations to toxic chemicals. The Province that...

Chocolates for the environment

Finally, the story I was waiting for- we should all eat more chocolate! I can’t be happier! While there is pretty wide agreement that chocolate is good for you (ok, at least I agree with that)...

Decisions, decisions?

There are two sides to every issue, including global warming. Nope, I am not talking about the "is it really happening" aspect, because we all know there are no questions that our lovely planet is in...

Consumed by air pollution

I grew up in rural western Massachusetts, in an old farmhouse with a brook running through the yard and an old barn in the back. It sounds quaint until you find out who the neighbors were. My...

Trailers exceed maximum formaldehyde exposure levels

Who do you turn to when the government agency that comes to your rescue ends up making you sick? More than a year after initial reports that high levels of formaldehyde in trailers and mobile homes...

CDC confirms: Exposure to BPA exceeds safety standards

A new CDC analysis demonstrates that when it comes to bisphenol A, EPA's so-called safety standards are woefully inadequate. The dose EPA considers safe is based on decades-old data. Many scientists...

Latest recall: Aqua Dots laced with "date rape" drug

I occasionally talk to people who don't understand why lead in children's toys is such a problem. "I grew up exposed to lead paint chips," they say, "and I turned out fine." I might beg to differ -- I...

Envirohealth in Blogs: Tell Senators to support Dorgan-Grassley!

A little light reading. . . but first, a call to action: The Senate began its discussion of the farm bill on Monday, but that doesn't mean it's too late to call your Senator and give him or her your...

Mining reform law passes House 244-166

There's an old joke that asks, "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?" The answer, of course, is President Grant himself (and, google reveals, his wife), but soon they may have some company. The House voted...

Envirohealth in Blogs: Have a green Halloween!

A little light reading. Happy Halloween! Eco-conscious but on a budget? David at The Good Human has the list you've been looking for: 35 low-cost ways to green your lifestyle. CPSC Chair Nancy Nord is...

Envirohealth in Blogs: Warm and toasty

A little light reading for your mid-week enjoyment. Make sure to scroll to the bottom for a call to action, and when you're done with that, be our friend on MySpace! Cold feet? Allie says get a bed...

Contaminated fake fish show danger for real ones

Specially designed pseudo-fish constructed by U.S. Geological Survey scientists and suspended in the Potomac absorb chemicals including pesticides, herbicides, and artificial fragrances that...

Lead: Still in 35 percent of children's products

A new study tested over 1200 children's products still found on store shelves and found that 35 percent contain lead! Lead, as we all know, is a potent neurotoxin that accumulates in body over time...

Your neighborhood pharmacy -- now just a faucet away?

Good news! Thanks to the crack investigative team at the Associated Press, Americans who commonly use prescriptions for such things as mood swings, cholesterol, infections, asthma, epilepsy, or just...

A shot in the arm for consumer safety

It was just about a year ago that the first of 2007's major recalls began. Tainted pet food was scary and shocking to the country's millions of pet owners. (My own dogs had been eating the food that...