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Chemical Industry

Resisting the "chemical safety" con game

Michael Green | Posted 12.22.2016 | Green
Michael Green

For years, Congress has promised to update our decades-old federal chemical regulations, yet despite the demands from hundreds of health, environmental, consumer and other public interest groups, the Senate recently adopted a flawed bill that will do little to undo the chemical industry's con game.

Science by the Chemical Industry, for the Chemical Industry Must Stop

Michael Green | Posted 11.05.2016 | Green
Michael Green

Currently Congress is looking to finalize the first update in the nation's chemical safety rules in nearly four decades. But sadly the new proposals would do little or nothing to end industry's influence on the science that goes into chemical regulations.

Summer of Courage

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Jeanne Rizzo

A strong TSCA bill will ensure that politicians don't have to apologize to the next generation. For lawmakers, then, courage is an insurance policy against regret. I hope Congress can invoke the courage that so many others have displayed this summer.

House Bipartisanship Throws Up Pitifully Weak Toxic Chemicals Control Bill

Rena Steinzor | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

The sad truth is that we don't require enough testing on toxic chemicals before chemical manufacturers market them in this country, and public health has paid a heavy price for this omission.

The Age of Greed: Toxic Chemical Control Is 'High Priority' Failure for Nation's Government

Rena Steinzor | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been reviewing the performance of federal agencies and departments for decades and has achieved amazing success simply by surviving the onslaught of attacks against government in any form.

Money, and Harmful Chemicals, in Politics

Michael Green | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Michael Green

The Supreme Court did more than open the door to the undoing of democracy in Citizens United. They also opened a potential floodgate of new chemical health threats backed by unbridled chemical industry spending.

Time for a Worldwide Agricultural Disarmament

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The so-called industrial revolution of the nineteenth century was a perverse revolution. It knocked down small-scale traditional industries and booste...

Lynne Peeples

The Hidden Source Of Industry Influence That Threatens Our Health | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.18.2014 | Green

SEATTLE -- Dr. Raymond Neutra adopted an alternate persona as he stepped up to the podium on a sunny, late-August afternoon. Sporting a hat and a fake...

Defang Agriculture

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

My long experience with pesticides, agriculture, and the environment has convinced me we must defang agriculture. Ban most of its biocides. Keep some pesticides for emergencies. But these chemicals are not necessary to produce food. Organic farming is a proof of that.

50 Years After Rachel Carson: There's Still Hope

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Rachel Carson died half a century ago from breast cancer, but her words about nature and humanity still ring true today.

Hazardous Science and Regulation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I worked for the U.S. EPA from 1979 to 2004, spending most of my time with the program dealing with pesticides. It did not take me long to figure out that the EPA was reeling from the scandal of the Industrial Bio-test Laboratory, IBT.

This Industry Is Among The Big Spenders On Lobbying This Quarter

Center For Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

America’s most powerful special interests are collectively regaining their appetite for old-school government lobbying. About half of the nation...

Chemical Industry Takes Aim at Citizen Suits in 'Reform' Bill

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

The recent chemical spill disaster in West Virginia has brought into sharp focus the weak measures we have in place for safeguarding people and the environment against exposures to harmful chemicals.

Public Health Researcher Also Worked For Industry, Rrevealing Entanglements Of Science

Center for Public Integrity | David Heath | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

By David Heath Center for Public Integrity BERKELEY, Calif. — At a memorial service held last month in her favorite classroom, Patricia Buffler ...

Honeybees on the Verge of Extinction

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Here is a beneficial insect pollinating a third of America's crops, especially fruits and vegetables, and we thank it with stupefying killing.

Jennifer Beals Leads Stroller Brigade for Safer Chemicals at U.S. Capitol

Lindsay Dahl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Lindsay Dahl

People from all walks of life took time off of work, away from their families and traveled to D.C. for a shared common goal: to ask Congress for leadership on meaningful laws on toxic chemicals.

Protecting Health and Life: Kauai Must Lead

Andrea Brower | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

This anti-democratic agenda was being advanced by the chemical-GMO corporations, who lobbied strongly for it and were likely involved in its original crafting and introduction by Senator Dela Cruz, known for his allegiance to the industry and their large financial pay-offs.

Is Ecology Subversive?

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 09.11.2013 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

One of the discoveries I made during my 25-year tenure at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was ecology. Of course, I had heard of ecology bef...

The Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Wasn't an Accident

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Why isn't the American public calling for the arrest, conviction, and imprisonment of Donald Adair, the owner of the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, where an explosion on April 17 killed 14 people?

Firefighters and Flame-Retardant Chemicals

Michael Green | Posted 05.22.2013 | Green
Michael Green

Given their daily life-saving service to our communities, shouldn't we all take one minute to help prevent avoidable illnesses to firefighters -- especially when this simple action will also help protect our children's and families' health?

The Chemical Industry's Political Machinations

Michael Green | Posted 05.18.2013 | Green
Michael Green

Based on an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, the Newshour showed how the chemical industry manipulates science, bullies independent researchers, and undermines regulations that would protect children and families from harmful chemicals.

The Flame Retardant Story the Chemical Industry Didn't Want You to Hear

Michael Green | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
Michael Green

News reports on our findings began to raise the alarm. Following November news stories on a study that found Tris in couches nationwide, the national news media showed interest in CEH's baby products findings. The flame retardant industry was in crisis mode. What were they to do?

Lynne Peeples

'Toxic Spending': Chemical Industry Uses Wallet To Block Tighter Regulations | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.25.2012 | Green

In an effort to block a ballot measure in California that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods, shape a Senate race in Ohio with p...

Saving the Ozone Layer: Lessons for Fighting Climate Change

Frances Beinecke | Posted 11.14.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

America helped restore the ozone layer through a combination of scientific understanding, public pressure, bipartisan support and industry innovation. I believe we can marshal those same forces to fight climate change, but we are not there yet.

Lynne Peeples

State Legislators Accuse Flame Retardant Industry Of 'Lies' About Lobbying Efforts | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.08.2012 | Green

The television advertisement opened with a blazing fire and the words "Dangerous" and "Deadly" across the screen in bold letters. A narrator soon adds...