While the EPA has supported many important projects, green chemistry is multi-disciplinary and can support cross-agency efforts from the EPA to the Department of Energy to the US Department of Agriculture.
It can be a frustrating place advocating as the underdog in a battle against special interest groups. But I won't pour water on the beach or stomp down our sand castles. Instead, I will start looking for new ways to inspire and drive market demand for green products.
EPA-approved oil dispersants - themselves petroleum-based products with unknown long term impacts - are products of the kind of old thinking and outdated design that got us into this mess in the first place.
Schwarzenegger announced a partnership between California and Denmark to rotect consumers against chemical exposure. Congress should look to California for an example of proactive action and prioritizing human health.
The mere presence of chemicals linked to health disorders does not mean disease will result. Yet research scientists and medical professionals now say that based on the evidence, there is reason to be concerned.