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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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Unsportsmen-like Conduct: Senate Sportsmen bill weakens protection from toxic chemicals

Posted May 29, 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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This is a slightly revised version of yesterday’s post.  When the Senate returns from its recess next week, it will likely vote on legislation that would weaken existing protections from exposure to toxic chemicals.  Senator Kay Hagan is this year’s...continued

Ethylene Oxide - the chemical industry's defense of cancer risk

Posted May 6, 2014 by Jennifer Sass in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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The chemical industry is mounting a defense of its toxic product The EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program released its Draft hazard assessment of ethylene oxide last summer, with its updated evaluation of the cancer risks from inhaling ethylene...continued

Instead of Protecting Contributions, Shouldn't the Congress Protect Drinking Water? From Charleston, WV to the Great Forests

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

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act will not solve the problems illustrated by the West Virginia chemical spill

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

Scientific Evidence to Support 'Seven Generations' future thinking; our toxic chemical exposures may harm our great-grandchildren

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

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Native American tribes hold dear the concept of seven generations planning, that the impact of decisions should be considered out seven generations into the future, about 150 years. The idea is that our decisions today should consider the potential benefits...continued

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

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

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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

Sometimes It Isn't The Perfect Versus The Good -- A TSCA Lesson For Coal Ash

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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This isn’t the first time an environmental bill was written to sound like it would be effective to protect public health and the environment but in fact it had more holes than Swiss cheese. In 1976, the White House had...continued

Some Things Never Change: The Chemical Industry Still Opposes Real Safe Chemicals Legislation

Posted April 26, 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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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

EPA Acts to Inform the Public While Congress Idles, Benefitting the Chemical Industry

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

For (Chinese) New Year: Winds of Change Threaten to Topple the Chemical Industry's House of Cards

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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