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Sarah Janssen

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California makes it official - BPA is a reproductive hazard.

Posted April 12, 2013 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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California has officially placed BPA or Bisphenol A on the ‘Prop 65 list’ of chemicals recognized by the State to be reproductive hazards.  The listing does not ban the chemical but could result in warning labels in consumer products which...continued

What's for lunch? Likely a few hormone-disrupting chemicals - phthalates and BPA

Posted February 27, 2013 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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You can’t see it, smell it or taste it.  It isn’t on the label or ingredient list - but a new study out today confirms that food is a major source of exposure to chemicals found in plastics. The study...continued

Toxic-Free Furniture In our Future - Newly Proposed California Regulations Will Improve our Health and Fire Safety

Posted February 8, 2013 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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Usually draft regulations released on a Friday get little fanfare, but a new draft furniture flammability standard, TB 117-2013, released today is a really big deal that affects all of us. The revised furniture flammability standard fixes a nearly 40...continued

Bisphenol A to be listed on California's Prop 65 list!

Posted January 25, 2013 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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Today a California EPA office announced that they intend to put bisphenol A or BPA on the Prop 65 list of chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity.  This listing is long overdue and is not based on any new science....continued

My Toxic Couch

Posted November 28, 2012 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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Have you ever wondered what chemicals might lurk in your couch?  I did and so I decided to participate in a study, just published today, which analyzed what kinds of flame retardant chemicals are being used in upholstered furniture.  I...continued

Governor Brown appoints new scientific experts to Prop 65 committees

Posted November 21, 2012 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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The Brown administration took a significant step towards protecting the health of Californian’s this week. Governor Brown has appointed a new and highly qualified group of experts to two scientific committees that review chemicals for listing on “Prop 65”.  California...continued

We Can't Wait Any Longer for Safe Drinking Water

Posted August 14, 2012 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but for too many Californians, a toxic chemical is in their drinking water. It’s called hexavalent chromium, or hex chrome, and though it was made famous in the movie “Erin Brockovich,”...continued

California will update flammability standard and make toxic couches a thing of the past!

Posted June 18, 2012 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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Today Governor Brown made a historic and significant announcement when he directed a state agency to replace an outdated and ineffective flammability standard, TB 117, with an updated standard that will eliminate the use of unnecessary and toxic chemicals while...continued

Baby steps to a BPA ban.

Posted June 13, 2012 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Washington Post reported that the FDA is considering a ban on the use of BPA in infant formula packaging as a result of a petition filed by Congressmen Ed Markey.  A few months ago, FDA indicated that they were...continued

The tragic truth about one doctor's lies revealed.

Posted May 8, 2012 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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Over the years, I have sat and listened in state legislative hearing rooms to the testimony of a prominent, retired burn doctor, Dr. David Heimbach. During these testimonies, Dr. Heimbach recounted tragic stories of the infants he had cared for...continued

An update on BPA science

Posted March 23, 2012 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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As the end-of-the-month decision from the Food and Drug Administration on the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) draws closer, the chemical industry is trying hard to paint NRDC’s advocacy against the endocrine-disrupting substance in a bad light.  Last week, on...continued

FDA continues to favor BPA industry as NRDC awaits 3 year overdue response.

Posted February 17, 2012 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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The FDA kicked off a 60-day comment period today on the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) request to ban BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups. This is a step in the right direction but it isn't nearly enough. ACC’s request...continued

Beyond the headlines - the IOM report on breast cancer and the environment.

Posted December 8, 2011 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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Yesterday, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report on breast cancer and the environment. The report (downloadable for free) was commissioned by the Susan G. Komen foundation and was written by a committee of experts who spent over a...continued

NRDC lawsuit finally prompts FDA to agree to determine safety of BPA

Posted December 7, 2011 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally committed to a decision by March 31, 2012 on whether to ban BPA from use in packaging for food and drinks. This was announced today as part of a settlement agreement...continued

Another public health victory in California.

Posted October 12, 2011 by Sarah Janssen in Health and the Environment

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Today, the state of California has added the flame retardant, chlorinated Tris, or TDCPP to the Prop 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer.  Today’s listing will not ban the chemical from use, but could result in labeling of consumer...continued

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