Topic: Chemical Industry

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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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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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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Congress Adopts Chemical Safety Bill

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Click here to thank the Prop 65 champions! Last week, Congress passed the first major overhaul of an environmental law in decades. This chemical reform bill is now headed to the President for signature. As we pause to think about how monumental that is, we reflect upon what we’ve won and what we’ve lost. And,…

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New Bill Seeks to Undermine Clean Air Act

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This week, the House is voting on Congress’s latest attempt to stifle the Clean Air Act: H.R. 4775, the so-called “Ozone Standards Implementation Act.” In direct contrast to its title, the bill threatens to restrict implementation of the U.S. EPA’s newest standards for ozone and other ‘criteria’ pollutants supposed to be protected by the National…

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The New Methane Regulations: Adequate or Short-sighted?

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broke precedent Thursday, May 12th when it announced the country’s first ever methane emission standards for the oil and gas industry. The agency proudly called it a further effort on the part of the Obama Administration to fight climate change, and claimed it would cut 2012 levels of methane emissions…

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A Once-in-a-Century Pesticide (that Probably Causes Cancer)

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On Friday, a World Health Organization panel of scientists from 11 countries announced their decision to list glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, as a probable human carcinogen. In particular the panel noted the links between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as well as a study showing the chemical caused DNA and chromosomal damage…

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The Good and Bad News About BPA

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The toxic plastics chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) has recently been in the news again. For CEH, BPA exemplifies many of the more problematic aspects of our country’s approach to harmful chemicals in everyday products, and a look at the history and science around BPA is instructive for all who are working to end toxic health…

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My Story with the Chemical Industry

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I worked in an environment that was hazardous to my health for many years. At first I didn’t realize it. But as time passed, I became aware that many of the on-site substances were known to cause cancer in some groups of workers as well as laboratory animals. Stuff like benzene, methylene chloride, and PCBs……

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Money talks. But it’s time to shut it up.

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In the Supreme Court Case, Citizens United, the Court ruled for the first time that corporations are guaranteed the same free speech rights as real people to influence elections. The problem is, they have more money. A lot more money. As the saying goes, “Money talks.” So while many of us exercise our democratic right…

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