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Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

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It turns out that the old adage about ostriches burying their heads in the sand is not based in fact– but apparently the adage does fit the  Trump Administration. Yesterday, in an effort to undermine critical science that Americans need to protect our health, the Trump EPA announced it would no longer collect important data…

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Justice for Porter Ranch

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by Kaya Allan Sugerman Last month, I spoke at a public hearing to oppose a proposal to re-open the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. You may recall Aliso Canyon was the source of the largest methane leak in US history. You can read more about the facility and why it should not re-open in…

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Fulfilling the EPA’s Mission, In Spite of Pruitt

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Last week, the Senate approved Donald Trump’s pick of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new chief Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in a 52-46 vote, mostly along party lines. In the end, Senator Susan Collins from Maine was the only Republican who voted no (you can thank her via twitter @SenatorCollins for…

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CEH Standing for Children’s Health at EPA

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With the Trump administration aiming at massive cuts to environmental regulations, and with Scott Pruitt confirmed as the new Chief Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is clear that we cannot count on federal protections from harmful chemicals. As noted by the Center for American Progress, Pruitt has regularly sided with corporate polluters…

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CEH Testing: Lead-Tainted Sippy Cups

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See CEH Research Director Caroline Cox and Research Coordinator Matt Nevins in this CBS News report on lead-tainted sippy cups for young children.

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Women’s March 2017

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As a child of the 1990s, I was raised on the pink-and-glitter ‘girl power’ of supposed post-feminism ideals. I grew up in a household where both my parents worked, looking up to a mom who could do it all and instilled in me the confidence that I could do the same. Back then, from my…

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Car Seats’ Hidden Hazard

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Environmental Justice Fellow, Center for Environmental Health In the summer of 2017, my sister will give birth to her first child. She will be the first of our five siblings to become a parent. My excitement to become an uncle grows daily; I know that when the baby is born, my life will take on…

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Baby-Poisoning Rat Pesticide Company Now Killing Babies with New Product

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If you think that’s a rejected headline from an especially twisted edition of The Onion, think again. In fact, this is exactly what’s happening with the massive British home products company Reckitt Benckiser (RB). You may have never heard of the company despite its nearly $13 billion in annual sales, but you’ve probably heard of…

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West Oakland: Sick of Coal

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by Alvaro Palacios Casanova West Oakland is a community that faces poverty and chronic disease. The community is disproportionately exposed to air and noise pollution with two freeways, a port, and rail running through it. It is also home to many organizations that are constantly battling for social, economic, environmental, and health equity. So why…

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A Murky Milestone for Children’s Health

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Following the recent passage of the chemical safety bill, President Obama has now signed the first major update to an environmental health law in decades. The bill is being touted as a milestone in our country’s environmental history. While health advocacy efforts won important victories like safeguarding California’s Prop 65 (more below), unfortunately the bill falls…

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