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Philadelphia Oil Refinery’s Toxic and Racist Legacy Continues in Cleanup

Philadelphia Oil Refinery’s Toxic and Racist Legacy Continues in Cleanup

The sprawling Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery has poisoned the Greys Ferry neighborhood for 150 years, and continues to do so even after it closed in 2019 following numerous explosions, Reuters reports. The scale of the toxic legacy left by the East Coast’s oldest and largest refinery — including poisonous waste fuels poured onto the […]

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    Asbestos Contamination Found in More Claire’s Cosmetics: New FDA Report

    Asbestos Contamination Found in More Claire’s Cosmetics: New FDA Report

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found more asbestos in make-up sold at Claire’s, an accessory store geared towards young teenagers. The store voluntarily recalled its Claire’s JoJo Siwa Makeup Set after FDA testing turned up traces of the cancer-causing material, the agency announced Thursday. Beauty Plus Global also recalled its Beauty Plus Global […]

    Claire’s Cosmetics Test Positive for Asbestos, FDA Warns

    Claire’s Cosmetics Test Positive for Asbestos, FDA Warns

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning Tuesday urging customers not to use certain Claire’s cosmetics products that may be contaminated with asbestos. FDA testing turned up tremolite asbestos in the following products, the agency said: Claire’s Eye Shadows – Batch No/Lot No: 08/17 Claire’s Compact Powder – Batch No/Lot No: 07/15 […]

    Johnson & Johnson Knew About Asbestos in Baby Powder for Decades, Reuters Investigation Finds

    Johnson & Johnson Knew About Asbestos in Baby Powder for Decades, Reuters Investigation Finds

    By Jessica Corbett A Reuters investigation published Friday charges that Johnson & Johnson, a multi-billion dollar company known for its healthcare products, knew for decades that its iconic talcum baby powder “was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos,” but concealed the information from regulators and the public. Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked […]

    Report: 140 House Members Vote Against Chemical Safeguards Every Time

    Report: 140 House Members Vote Against Chemical Safeguards Every Time

    The Environmental Working Group Action Fund, the political arm of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), released a first-ever report that scores how each member of the U.S. House of Representatives voted on chemical policy and safety. The scorecard shows that 140 House members voted against chemical safeguards every time, while 149 members consistently voted for […]

    Why Asbestos Is Still a Major Public Health Threat in the U.S.

    Why Asbestos Is Still a Major Public Health Threat in the U.S.

    Reports surfaced this month that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had proposed a significant new use rule (SNUR) for asbestos in June, requiring anyone who wanted to start or resume importing or manufacturing the carcinogenic mineral to first receive EPA approval. Advocates and some EPA employees raised concerns that the SNUR could pave the […]

    Career EPA Staff Objected to Trump Administration’s Asbestos Plan

    Career EPA Staff Objected to Trump Administration’s Asbestos Plan

    Attorneys and scientists with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) objected to the Trump administration’s proposal of a “significant new use rule” (SNUR) for asbestos, according to internal agency emails obtained by the The New York Times. Trump’s former EPA boss Scott Pruitt quietly announced the proposal in June, framing the plan as an “important, […]