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The Charade Is Over: Tribune Series Reveals Chemical Industry Lies Like Tobacco

(12) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 2:17 PM

This week's Chicago Tribune investigative series on flame retardant chemicals has revealed deeply disturbing practices at the heart of the chemical industry. The series chronicles flat-out lies by chemical industry witnesses before state legislatures and deliberate misrepresentation of science, all in service of a successful campaign to avoid...

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Should Dow Get a Veto Over Government Scientists?

(9) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 8:23 AM

A relatively obscure Congressional hearing on Tuesday became a flashpoint in a very important conflict: the attempt by the chemical industry -- led by Dow Chemical -- to gain a veto over the work of government scientists. This time, however, the scientists fought back, and they...

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New York Times' "Wealthy Neurotic Parent" Meme Distorts Chemical Safety Issue

(8) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 6:13 PM

You may have seen the March 15 front page article in the New York Times Home Section, "Is it Safe to Play Yet? Going to Extreme Lengths to Purge Household Toxins." The article provides a useful overview and some genuinely expert commentary on the scientific facts around toxic...

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"Safe Chemicals Act of 2011" Introduced

(17) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 1:13 PM

A fight that has been raging in state legislatures, corporate boardrooms, scientific journals and a shopping aisle near you for a decade has finally come to Washington. The fight is over the safety of chemicals and it presents an opportunity for rare bi-partisan cooperation in our otherwise polarized times.

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States Are Getting Tough on Toxics -- Will Congress?

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 2:42 PM

I'll be the first to admit it: I live in Washington, D.C., and I spend a lot of time talking to inside-the-beltway types about what Congress will and will not do. It's easy to forget that, sometimes, big change happens without Congress -- and despite the efforts of well-funded corporate...

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Green Chemistry: Innovation or GreenWashing?

(3) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 5:40 PM

This week the American Chemical Society is holding a meeting on Green Chemistry -- a subject that holds much promise for the future. Chemicals are in the hot seat this year, as Congress is debating how to reform our disco-era policy -- the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)...

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It's Time to Reform Our Toxic Chemical Laws

(2) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 12:17 PM

This week, the chemical industry is meeting in Baltimore for their annual GlobalChem Conference. Top on their agenda is how best to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), our federal law for overseeing chemical safety. This is welcome news because TSCA is failing to protect public health and the...

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