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Linda Greer, Director, Health and Environment Program, Washington, D.C.

Linda Greer

I direct the Health Program, where I concentrate on the biggest toxic chemical pollutants in air, water, food, shelter and consumer products. This focus allows us to work on the pollutants that matter most to human health. I also work on determining whether specific chemicals cause harm, decisions that are important in driving government decisions and regulations.

Since 1981, I have worked on a wide range of environmental health advocacy, legal and policy matters, most notably including hazardous waste disposal problems and pollution prevention opportunities in chemical manufacturing plants. I have spearheaded NRDC’s toxic chemical pollution work in China, first in a comprehensive project on industrial mercury pollution there and now with a more broadly focused project directed at highly polluting factories in supply chains of multi-national corporations in China. I also direct NRDC’s global mercury pollution initiative, which seeks international agreement to reduce mercury use and pollution by 50 percent in 10 years.

Recent Posts

Seamless Growth Ahead for NRDC's Clean by Design

Posted August 18, 2015 by Linda Greer

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As a scientist who has committed her life to advancing public health and protecting the environment, the last place I ever thought I'd appear is in Vanity Fair's September Style issue. But somehow, someway, here we are. The good folks...continued

Fashion Revolution Day 2015

Posted April 24, 2015 by Linda Greer

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Today around the world, we are commemorating the tragedy at Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, where over 1,000 garment workers lost their lives after the building where they worked collapsed around them. Fashion Revolution Day was created to remind us of that...continued

A banner day for reducing pollution in China

Posted April 14, 2015 by Linda Greer

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Greetings from Shanghai! Today, NRDC is hosting a big award ceremony for 33 Chinese textile mills which completed NRDC's Clean By Design program in 2014. Our new report summarizes the awesome achievements this group of factories delivered to Planet Earth...continued

China Fights Back Against Airpocalypse: A new air pollution initiative that just might work!

Posted January 12, 2014 by Linda Greer

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There is something new, exciting, and very different that went into effect New Year’s Day in China to address that country’s terrible pollution problems that has not (to my knowledge) garnered much attention.  It is a massive public reporting initiative. ...continued

How Safe is Your Food? Don't Ask the FDA.

Posted November 1, 2013 by Linda Greer

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I’ve been working on federal chemical regulation in Washington since the 1980’s and have thought for the longest time that nothing holds a candle to TSCA, the Toxic Substances Control Act, for how outdated it is as a legal framework...continued

NRDC's 5-Step Program for the Apparel Industry's Chemical Makeover

Posted April 23, 2013 by Linda Greer

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Few people think of the fashion industry as a heavy industry like steel or cement.  However, the dyeing and finishing of fabric has an enormous environmental footprint, using  large quantities of chemicals to pre-treat fabric and dye it the colors...continued

Chinese Environmental NGO releases report on Apple and other IT companies

Posted January 29, 2013 by Linda Greer

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Lots has been published about the labor issues that Apple has faced over the past two years, but much less about the environmental problems in the company’s supply chain.  That is certainly NOT because the IT industry has a paltry...continued

Act 2: The curtain rises again on severe pollution from textile manufacturing in China. Are the good guys going to do anything about it?

Posted October 9, 2012 by Linda Greer

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Yesterday in Beijing, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), a leading environmental NGO in China, released its second in a series of disturbing exposés about the severe water pollution problems caused by textile dyeing and finishing in China...continued

NRDC Work on Apple Computer's Supply Chain

Posted February 22, 2012 by Linda Greer

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As Apple moves forward to address environmental problems in its supply chain, the opportunity is wide open to become a model for other companies to follow.  As USA Today reports,  Apple is moving forward with the Natural Resources Defense Council...continued

The Ugly Side of Globalization in the New York Times this Week

Posted January 27, 2012 by Linda Greer

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This week, the New York Times week published articles about Apple Computer ( here and here) which paint a grim picture about the prospects that manufacturing will ever move back to the U.S. and an even grimmer picture of life...continued

VIDEO: Facts and Science of Dispersants in the Gulf

Posted May 26, 2010 by Linda Greer

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Dispersants are the hot topic about the gulf spill this week, and we are getting alot of questions from reporters about which dispersant is most toxic and whether BP has made the right selection.  But the truth is that the...continued

Persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic: why Congress needs to phase out PBTs now

Posted March 4, 2010 by Linda Greer

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As Congress gears up for chemical policy reform, key committees have been calling in experts for hearings to discuss the many possible dimensions of much-needed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation. Today I’m testifying in the latest of these...continued

Part VI -- Stemming the Tide of Toxic Chemicals: A Special Focus on Endocrine Disruptors

Posted March 13, 2009 by Linda Greer

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In the last week, I’ve written about the urgent need for federal reform of the toxic chemical regulatory process in the United States. Today, I’ll wrap up my series with a plea for a special focus on endocrine disruptors, a...continued

Part V -- Stemming the Tide of Toxic Chemicals: Restoring Science

Posted March 11, 2009 by Linda Greer

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One of the biggest opportunities in the area of toxic chemical regulation and reform is the ceaseless march of our scientific knowledge. In fact, as I previously noted, while government policy toward stemming the tide of toxic chemicals has stagnated,...continued

Part IV -- Stemming the Tide of Toxic Chemicals: What the Obama Administration Must Do Now

Posted March 9, 2009 by Linda Greer

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In the months after last November’s election, NRDC’s health program developed a list of more than 50 steps that the new administration needed to undertake quickly. Many of these steps address problems in the Environmental Protection Agency’s core chemical decision-making...continued


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