This month, New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg and New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand introduced the Safe Chemicals Act, for the new Congress. The bill would repair a badly broken federal law – The Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) – which...continued→
Daniel Rosenberg, Senior Attorney, Washington DC
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EPA deserves credit for overcoming chemical industry opposition, and, at best, resistance from the White House, and improving the chemical reporting program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Today, the agency released the first set of information under its...continued→
With the arrival of Chinese New Year, 2013 is shaping up to be another banner year when the chemical industry’s decades of deception and purchased power in Washington DC will come home to roost in the form of state-level regulation...continued→
Rush to Lack of Judgment: Senate Poised to Waive Toxics Law as Expert Science Panel Highlights Health Risks of Lead on Military Shooting Ranges
Posted December 6, 2012 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy
A new report by an expert panel of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences calls into greater question an effort by Senators to rush through regulatory exemptions for lead and other toxic chemicals. The bill is...continued→
Posted November 26, 2012 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy
As the Senate prepares to vote on Senator Tester’s “Sportsmen’s Bill” this afternoon – and the issue had some coverage in today’s Washington Post -- I’ll take this opportunity to correct a few mistaken notions that have been offered about...continued→
Like every American, I’m thankful to live in a country that has a reasonably well-functioning democracy – where we can vote for our President and representatives in Congress – where we are not subject to totalitarian or military rule. Recognizing...continued→
When the Senate returns today for the start of its lame duck session, the first bill it is expected to take up is Senator John Tester’s “Sportsmen’s Act of 2012.” The bill S. 3525, is really a package of different...continued→
The Absurdity of Influence: The Chemical Industry Relies on Money and Shamelessness in Bid to Block Reform in Washington
There are two major pillars that help the chemical industry wield power in Washington and in state capitols around the country. First, of course, is money. A recent report by Common Cause, “Toxic Spending: The Political Expenditures of the Chemical...continued→
Something's Coming, Something Good: Despite Chemical Industry Opposition, Safe Chemicals Act Gets Vote in Senate EPW Committee
Today, something good will happen here in Washington. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will vote on the Safe Chemicals Act, legislation introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg to reform the badly broken current law that is supposed to protect...continued→
The Senate is showing some signs of life on the subject of chemical reform, with two hearings on the flame retardant scandal exposed by the Chicago Tribune and, finally, a mark-up of the Safe Chemicals Act in the Environment and...continued→
As discussed in my last post, the chemical industry, “Big Chemical,” has a pro-cancer agenda: to block any mandatory regulation to control the use of chemicals that cause cancer (at the federal or state level), and to prevent or discredit...continued→
This week the Chicago Tribune published a remarkable 4-part series about the chemical industry and its deeply dishonest campaign to perpetuate the use of toxic flame retardants in household products. This series is essential reading for every parent, every person...continued→
No One Knows What Goes On Behind Closed Doors: Antibiotics in Healthy Livestock -- Will Congress and the White House Sell Out Public Health?
In my experience, corporations that pollute the environment and endanger public health rarely yield power, or agree to have their products and activities regulated. In fact, a massive infrastructure of lawyers, lobbyists, “public relations” professionals and scientists-for-hire exits in Washington...continued→
“We were talking--about the space between us all And the people--who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion Never glimpse the truth--then it's far too late--when they pass away. We were talking about the people…who gain the world and lose...continued→
In which a group of Senators pen fact-challenged letters on behalf of formaldehyde and styrene, currying favor with the chemical industry and undercutting government health agencies. In my last post, I discussed how EPA was compelled by the collaboration of...continued→
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