chemicals

Groups Sue EPA for Weakening Toxic Chemical Rules

Groups Sue EPA for Weakening Toxic Chemical Rules

By Gail Koffman “The fox guarding the hen house” aptly describes the inner workings of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump administration. A major case in point: The EPA official tasked to head up the Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention office, Nancy Beck, came to the job after working as a former […]

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    Poison Papers Reveal EPA Collusion With Chemical Industry

    Poison Papers Reveal EPA Collusion With Chemical Industry

    By Rebekah Wilce The world of independent chemical testing has a shiny veneer. The public is reassured that chemicals they’re exposed to on a daily basis are certified by technicians in spotless white lab coats who carefully conduct scientific studies, including on animals in neat rows of cages. But a federal grand jury investigation that […]

    100 Cancer-Causing Contaminants Found in U.S. Drinking Water

    100 Cancer-Causing Contaminants Found in U.S. Drinking Water

    By Robert Coleman The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) just-released Tap Water Database shows that a startling number of cancer-causing chemicals contaminate the nation’s drinking water. Of 250 different contaminants detected in tests by local utilities, 93 are linked to an increased risk of developing cancer. We analyzed the tap water data for 48,000 water utilities […]

    The Poison Papers: Secret Concerns of Industry and Regulators on the Hazards of Pesticides and Other Chemicals

    The Poison Papers: Secret Concerns of Industry and Regulators on the Hazards of Pesticides and Other Chemicals

    The Bioscience Resource Project and the Center for Media and Democracy released a trove of rediscovered and newly digitized chemical industry and regulatory agency documents Wednesday stretching back to the 1920s. The documents are available here. Together, the papers show that both industry and regulators understood the extraordinary toxicity of many chemical products and worked […]

    300% Rise in Cosmetics Complaints, Trump EPA Ignores Cancer-Linked Chemical in Personal Care Products

    300% Rise in Cosmetics Complaints, Trump EPA Ignores Cancer-Linked Chemical in Personal Care Products

    A new Northwestern University study revealed that consumer complaints have more than doubled for cosmetic products from 2015 to 2016, highlighting problems with the under-regulated multibillion-dollar beauty industry. In fact, cosmetics companies and manufacturers are not legally required to share complaints about its products to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meaning potentially harmful […]

    Virginia House Votes to Keep Fracking Chemical Cocktails a Secret

    Virginia House Votes to Keep Fracking Chemical Cocktails a Secret

    Virginia’s House of Delegates voted 59-37 on Monday in favor of a bill that would allow fracking companies to keep their chemical cocktails a secret. HB 1678 states that “chemical ingredient names, the chemical abstracts number for a chemical ingredient, or the amount or concentration of chemicals or ingredients used to stimulate a well” are […]

    $90 Billion Whistleblower Suit Filed Against Four of the Nation’s Largest Chemical Companies

    $90 Billion Whistleblower Suit Filed Against Four of the Nation’s Largest Chemical Companies

    Four of the country’s largest chemical companies have been accused of selling billions of dollars worth of harmful isocyanate chemicals but intentionally concealing their dangers to consumers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the past several decades. BASF Corporation, Bayer Material Science LLC, Dow Chemical Company and Huntsman International LLC have been named […]

    New Guide to Flame Retardants in Baby Products

    New Guide to Flame Retardants in Baby Products

    Toxic flame retardants have been making headlines again this year—from a chemical company suing California over its new flame retardant law to Coca-Cola removing chemicals linked to flame retardants from its beverages. Always of concern is the presence of these toxic chemicals in products designed and manufactured for babies, from mattresses to swings—basically the major […]

    Michael Green Takes on Toxic Chemicals

    Michael Green Takes on Toxic Chemicals

    There are 84,000 chemicals in commerce. How can you keep your family safe in light of so many potentially toxic exposures? The truth is, we all have chemicals in our bodies and our bloodstreams. “What’s happening is that there’s an experiment going on, on all of us right now. There’s a big, planned, but uncontrolled […]