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Gina Solomon, NRDC alum, San Francisco

Gina Solomon

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EPA OKs Pesticide; Major Increase in Use Expected Soon

Posted April 11, 2012 by Gina Solomon in Health and the Environment

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This week, the U.S. EPA may have opened the door to a major expansion in the use of a pesticide known as 2,4-D, by denying a 2008 petition from NRDC to ban the dangerous chemical. The EPA sat on the...continued

FDA to Consumers: We're still thinking about it. Sorry you're still eating it

Posted March 30, 2012 by Gina Solomon in Health and the Environment

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FDA is kicking the BPA-lined can further down the road in an announcement today that the Agency plans to keep studying this issue while consumers continue to be exposed. Specifically, the Agency's response to NRDC's petition is: "FDA has determined,...continued

Goodbye (for now) to a Toxic Strawberry Pesticide

Posted March 22, 2012 by Gina Solomon in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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Yesterday, in a victory for farmworkers and agricultural communities, the manufacturer of a highly controversial agricultural fumigant suspended sales in the United States. Methyl iodide was used on a variety of crops, including strawberries, tomatoes, and nursery plants, and it...continued

Harmful Herbicide: EPA's Unreasonable Delay Protecting People from 2,4-D

Posted February 23, 2012 by Gina Solomon in Health and the Environment

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This weekend, I walked the aisles of a large home supply store near my home. Sure enough, on the shelves were an array of weed killers and "weed and feed" products marketed to keep your lawn looking great. My little...continued

Looking at the Big Picture: Implementing Recommendations from the National Academies of Science on Chemical Risks

Posted February 22, 2012 by Gina Solomon in Health and the Environment

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There are so many toxic chemicals and pollutants in our air, water, food, and consumer products that it's easy to just focus on one at a time and get stuck in the details of each specific case. But sometimes it's...continued

The Health Toll of Climate Change in 2005 and 2011

Posted December 8, 2011 by Gina Solomon in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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As a health professional, I knew that disasters could have devastating impacts on the physical health and psychological well-being of the people who lived through them. But it was only when I went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina that...continued

FDA's claims don't add up

Posted November 22, 2011 by Gina Solomon in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Last night, our recent scientific paper on Gulf seafood safety was featured on Anderson Cooper's 360*. It's a nice piece, and is worth watching, since it highlights the ongoing crisis in the Gulf fisheries, and the ongoing disagreements about seafood...continued

A Family is Biomonitored: What Did They Learn?

Posted November 4, 2011 by Gina Solomon in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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The Martin family lives in Maywood, California, just minutes from Los Angeles. They are dealing with chronic illnesses and a history of lead poisoning. Now they are trying to learn more about what might be affecting their health, and whether the...continued

It's National Seafood Month and the FDA Must Protect Consumers from Contaminants in Seafood

Posted October 12, 2011 by Gina Solomon in Health and the Environment

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October is National Seafood Month, so it’s a good time to reflect on seafood safety. I have been raising concerns for years about this issue, since it’s an important and delicate balancing act for doctors and consumers. On the one...continued

Time for EPA to Get Moving on Risks of Drinking Water Contaminants

Posted September 29, 2011 by Gina Solomon in Curbing Pollution

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Anyone who saw the famous movie Erin Brockovich is familiar with hexavalent chromium, or 'hex chrome'; it's the carcinogen that polluted the town water supply in Hinkley, California and triggered the David vs. Goliath fight between sick community members (aided by Erin...continued

Children Hold Your Breath, Healthy Homes No More

Posted September 22, 2011 by Gina Solomon in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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Successful environmental health programs are on the chopping block in this year's budget.  President Obama has proposed major budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health, including asthma prevention programs, funds to track and investigate lead...continued

Waiting for Irene and Remembering Katrina

Posted August 25, 2011 by Gina Solomon in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Like most people on the East Coast, I’m anxiously watching the approach of Hurricane Irene, a swirling knot of wind and rain taking dead aim at New York City, where I’m currently visiting my family. I had been hoping to...continued

Mosquito-Borne Disease and Climate Change: Should you use DEET?

Posted August 10, 2011 by Gina Solomon in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Mosquito and ticks carry a variety of infectious agents, including those that cause malaria, West Nile, Dengue Fever and Lyme disease. NRDC recently launched a new website with climate maps of the United States. One of the maps shows the areas...continued

Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water: Welcome News from California

Posted July 27, 2011 by Gina Solomon in Health and the Environment

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Today, the State of California took an important step toward protecting people from cancer-causing chromium in drinking water. After a decade of study, public review, meetings, and scientific analysis, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) released a final Public Health Goal (PHG) for hexavalent...continued

Fear-Mongering, Junk Science, and the Chemical Industry

Posted July 14, 2011 by Gina Solomon in Health and the Environment

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On Tuesday, my colleague, Dr. Sarah Janssen, attended a hearing of a California scientific panel that identifies reproductive toxicants.  The panel unanimously rejected a chemical industry petition that would have eliminated the National Toxicology Program as an authoritative agency for...continued

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