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TSCA Reform: Is It Enough?

On Tuesday in a vote of 403-12 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to update the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, named after a former democratic senator from New Jersey who dedicated much of his life to TSCA reform, is a [...]

Did Chemical Company Author New Chemical Bill

In recent days, a draft of the bill — considered the product of more than two years of negotiation and collaboration between Sen. David Vitter, R-La., Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and both chemical industry and environmental groups — was circulated by Udall’s office ahead of the hearing. The draft bill, obtained by Hearst Newspapers, is in [...]

Putting the ‘Teeth’ into TSCA: A Tale of Two Bills

TSCA, the Toxic Substances Control Act, is meant to do as its name suggests - control the introduction of potentially toxic chemicals into personal care products and the environment. The law, introduced in 1976, has been left untouched for decades. The chemical market now contains over 85,000 chemicals, with about 1,000 new chemicals introduced every year [...]

Staying Safe (Probably): Risk, Hazard and Chemical Regulation

‘Risk’ and ‘hazard.’ These two words are often used interchangeably, but they have distinct meanings in the context of chemical safety assessment. When we say a particular chemical is ‘hazardous,’ we are noting its mere potential to cause negative health or environmental effects. On the other hand, ‘risk’ describes the probability that these negative effects [...]

Demand What You Want-Not What’s “Feasible”

Truer words have never been spoken. In CHEJ’s recent training on Lessons Learned from New York State, which recently banned fracking until it can be proven safe, Eric Weltman from Food and Water Watch told the group to demand what you want not what is feasible. I find it frustrating and a bit troubling when [...]

The latest news on the poison plastic: what every parent needs to know

The bad news on vinyl, the poison plastic, and phthalates keeps on mounting. The more I learn, the more I wonder, why are we still allowing this hazardous plastic in our schools and homes? Here are some of the most recent developments that every parent needs to know. First responders file lawsuit over vinyl chloride [...]

For Sale: American's Health

Who's buying? Not the advocacy groups that work tirelessly to protect people's health and the environment, they can't afford the purchase. It's the American Chemistry Council (ACC) who spent more in the fourth quarter then any quarter in recent history . . . in fact they doubled their spending. ACC, the chief lobbying arm of [...]

Paging Lisa Jackson (and the rest of the EPA)

I still can’t believe it. This week, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson delivered a gift to Dow Chemical and the rest of the  chemical industry. I bet you're wondering.  What’d she do?  Nothing. You see, that’s the problem. For twenty seven years, we’ve been waiting for the release of the EPA’s report on the health hazards [...]

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