toxic chemicals

Warning: Food Wrappers Still Coated in Cancer-Causing Chemical

Warning: Food Wrappers Still Coated in Cancer-Causing Chemical

New research based on nationwide tests shows that many fast food chains still use food wrappers, bags and boxes coated with highly fluorinated chemicals. The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) report supplements a new peer-reviewed study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, which shows some of the test samples contained traces of a notorious […]

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    Are Chemicals in Drinking Water Giving People Cancer?

    Are Chemicals in Drinking Water Giving People Cancer?

    By Brian Bienkowski Traces of 18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities in a nationwide sampling, according to new, unpublished research by federal scientists. Included are 11 perfluorinated compounds, an herbicide, two solvents, caffeine, an antibacterial compound, a metal and an antidepressant, reports Environmental Health News. […]

    Sweeping Policy Changes Critical for Flame Retardants

    Sweeping Policy Changes Critical for Flame Retardants

    State and federal governments must institute new policies to protect the public from exposure to flame retardants, says a recent research report from Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI). The report closely examines the health risks that flame retardants pose to the general population and recommends sweeping policy changes to protect the public.  Photo credit:  […]

    Groundbreaking Report Exposes Chemicals Linked to Cancer in Feminine Care Products

    Groundbreaking Report Exposes Chemicals Linked to Cancer in Feminine Care Products

    A new report by Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) details how the feminine care industry sells products containing unregulated and potentially harmful chemicals, including preservatives, pesticides, fragrances and dyes. The report, Chem Fatale, kicks off a campaign that will target Proctor & Gamble, makers of Tampax and Always, to disclose the ingredients in tampons and […]

    Sean Penn’s ‘The Human Experiment’ Reveals the Toll of Toxic Chemicals

    Sean Penn’s ‘The Human Experiment’ Reveals the Toll of Toxic Chemicals

    Actor Sean Penn is the force behind a new major documentary called The Human Experiment that aims to raise awareness about toxic chemicals in everyday products. Narrated by Penn, the film tells the personal stories of people who believe their lives have been affected by chemicals and takes viewers to the front lines as activists go head-to-head with the […]

    Polluters Move to Block Landmark Mercury Protections

    Polluters Move to Block Landmark Mercury Protections

    Sierra Club On Feb. 16 representatives of the nation’s dirtiest polluters and their friends at special interest groups like the National Mining Association, filed the first lawsuits to block long overdue action to clean up toxic mercury pollution, acid gases and other hazardous air toxics. Toxic mercury is a potent brain poison that threatens prenatal […]

    Human Carcinogen Found in Drinking Water Near Gas Drilling Ops

    Human Carcinogen Found in Drinking Water Near Gas Drilling Ops

    Environmental Working Group The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) detection of arsenic, a known human carcinogen, barium and other contaminants in the well water of homes near natural gas drilling operations in Dimock Township, Pa., should prompt a nationwide investigation of drilling-linked water pollution. “EPA and other officials must move quickly to ensure these families […]