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Natural Gas Inside Homes Contains Toxic Compounds, Study Finds

Natural Gas Inside Homes Contains Toxic Compounds, Study Finds

A new study from the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health has found that the natural gas piped into homes for cooking and heating actually contains toxic volatile organic compounds, including chemicals linked to cancer. Research from the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard (C-CHANGE) in collaboration with PSE […]

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    EPA Investigating Racism in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ Permitting Decisions

    EPA Investigating Racism in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ Permitting Decisions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating whether the Louisiana state departments of Environmental Quality and Health illegally discriminated against black residents in permitting decisions regarding two chemical plants and a grain export terminal. Petitions to the EPA seeking an investigation allege the state departments failed to provide proper notice and comment opportunities to […]

    Phthalate Exposure Linked to Increased Risk of Childhood Cancer, Study Finds

    Phthalate Exposure Linked to Increased Risk of Childhood Cancer, Study Finds

    Phthalates, known as “everywhere chemicals” or plasticizers, have been linked to an increased risk in childhood cancer, a new study finds. These chemicals are widely used in consumer products and increase the durability or consistency of plastic. Researchers at the University of Vermont Cancer Center measured gestational and childhood exposures to phthalates and compared them […]

    EPA to Address Air and Water Pollution in ‘Cancer Alley’

    EPA to Address Air and Water Pollution in ‘Cancer Alley’

    After a week-long environmental justice trip to Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana in November, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan announced that the EPA will address residents’ complaints about contaminated drinking water, chemical plants placed close to residences and a school and toxic air, The Washington Post reported. Regan said the EPA will invest […]

    Toxic Forever Chemicals Found in Almost 75 Percent of Stain and Waterproof Gear Sold by Major Retailers

    Toxic Forever Chemicals Found in Almost 75 Percent of Stain and Waterproof Gear Sold by Major Retailers

    Nearly three-quarters of water- and stain-resistant products contain toxic forever chemicals, a new report has found.  Public health and environmental organization Toxic-Free Future tested 60 products from 10 major retailers. Of 47 products labeled stain-or water-resistant, 72 percent of them tested positive for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), chemicals known for their persistence in the […]

    Forever Chemicals Found in Popular Anti-Fog Sprays and Cloths

    Forever Chemicals Found in Popular Anti-Fog Sprays and Cloths

    New research has revealed the presence of toxic forever chemicals in yet another product: the anti-fogging sprays and cloths that people are using more and more frequently to keep their glasses from clouding over while wearing face masks. A Duke University-led research team found two types of under-studied per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in nine of the top-rated anti-fogging sprays and cloths sold on Amazon.

    Personal Care Product Toxins 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Personal Care Product Toxins 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Choosing beauty products is about more than finding what will work as promised — you also need to determine whether its ingredients list is one you’re comfortable with. If you live in the United States, some experts predict that you are exposed to more than a hundred chemicals from personal care products before you even […]

    Wood Burning a Major Source of Carcinogens in Athens Air, Study Finds

    Wood Burning a Major Source of Carcinogens in Athens Air, Study Finds

    Sitting around the fire on a cold winter’s night may feel like a cozy treat, but wood burning is actually a major source of dangerous air pollution. Now, a new study published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics this month found that the practice of burning wood in the wintertime was responsible for almost half of […]