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Feature: Demand Safe Chemicals

Reforming Federal Chemical Policy 

More than 80,000 chemicals now in use have never been fully assessed for toxic impacts on human health and the environment. The chemical industry should have to demonstrate that a chemical isn’t dangerous before it’s used in everyday products. It’s time to require that all chemicals be tested for safety and grant the EPA the authority to protect the public from toxic chemicals.

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Posted January 22, 2014 by Scott Slesinger in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Over the past month, the Congress has continued to vote to put our drinking water at risk.  You would think that the disaster in Charleston, West Virginia, would have halted attempts to further weaken safeguards that protect our drinking...continued

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Posted January 15, 2014 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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In the wake of the recent chemical spill into the Elk River and the drinking water supply of several hundred thousand West Virginians, a new call has been raised to quickly move bi-partisan legislation introduced in May 2013 to reform...continued

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Posted November 28, 2013 by Jennifer Sass in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Posted November 1, 2013 by Linda Greer in Health and the Environment

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Posted June 11, 2013 by Scott Slesinger in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Posted February 11, 2013 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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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

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Posted February 11, 2013 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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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

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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

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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

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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

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