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Toxic Chemicals

The VA's 'Experts' On Toxic Chemicals May Not Know What They're Talking About

The Huffington Post | Lynne Peeples | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

Pfc. Donald Burpee spent four months of 1975 living at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina. On July 7 of this year, at the ...

Aviation's Poisoned Air: Aerotoxic Syndrome

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

I have never been a great airplane passenger. I prefer to be on the ground. Now that I have learned about Aerotoxic Syndrome, a heath issue not in the public domain, I have a new concern.

Lynne Peeples

Veterans Exposed To Toxic Chemicals Accuse VA Of Foot-Dragging

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Leslie Howe has battled two cancers -- non-Hodgkin lymphoma and prostate cancer, both of which have been linked with exposu...

Removing Toxic Electronics From NYC's Waste

Steven Cohen | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

While the dangers of climate change attract more attention than other environmental issues, the problems of waste and toxics also persist -- and are worthy of attention and action.

Manicures, Miscarriages and Mayhem

Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG

Since my medical school training, medicine as an art has expanded itself. Among its many facets has emerged the field of epigenetics -- or simply pu...

Revising the Toxic Substances Out-of-Control Act

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Our regulation of toxic substances is based largely on ignorance and is inadequate and idiotic. The costs of testing for harm are not negligible, but are far lower than the cost of paying for toxic clean-up or for the cost of health care for those exposed to poison.

House Bipartisanship Throws Up Pitifully Weak Toxic Chemicals Control Bill

Rena Steinzor | Posted 06.25.2015 | 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.

5 Ways Nail Salon Workers are Winning: Victory in New York State Legislature

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 06.19.2015 | New York
Charlene Obernauer

As the New York State legislative session extends indefinitely, nail salon workers and advocates are celebrating perhaps the biggest victory for low-wage workers this legislative session.

Lynne Peeples

Artificial Grass May Save Water, But Does It Endanger People?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green

When Michael and Barbara Fouch first considered replacing their grassy lawn with artificial turf, they researched the growing array of options for the...

Lynne Peeples

Scientists Issue Warning Over Chemicals Common In Carpets, Coats, Cookware

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green

In 1961, a DuPont toxicologist warned colleagues that exposure to their company's increasingly popular Teflon chemicals enlarged the livers of rats an...

'Green News Report' - April 23, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: After years of denial, Oklahoma finally admits fracking causes earthqua...

The Human Experiment: How Your Brand Loyalty Exposes You to Toxic Chemicals

Vanessa Cunningham | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Vanessa Cunningham

There are over 80,000 chemicals out there in the market, most of which aren't tested for their safety. These chemicals are in your beauty and househol...

The Chevron Tapes: 30 Years and Still Waiting for Justice

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.17.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Well over a million people have already viewed last week's video, and many told us that they were deeply affected by a resident named José describing how he lost three daughters due to the toxic contamination of his home.

Lynne Peeples

Toxic Smoke Forces Firefighter To Retire, But He's Not Done Protecting Others

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.16.2015 | Green

Firefighter Clive Savacool battled his final blaze, a grass fire in Pittsburg, California, in March 2014. He collapsed after a few hours on the scene ...

Who Do You Trust on REAL Reform: The Chemical Industry or 450 Environmental and Public Health Orgs?

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Jeanne Rizzo

Consumer demand for safer products has led Congress into a heated debate about how to reform and update the Toxic Substances Control Act. That debate has reached a critical juncture.

Lynne Peeples

Stop Playing 'Whack-A-Mole' With Toxic Flame Retardants, Health Advocates Urge

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.31.2015 | Green

As the public has learned of health risks tied to chemicals in everyday products, many companies have responded by eliminating, one by one, the suspec...

Protecting the Public Is Not a Hobby

Bill Couzens | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Bill Couzens

Cancer is not laughable -- it is devastating, and I am disgusted that this particular legislation is being sold as something that would protect the public.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Seems Poised To Advance 'Compromise' Chemical Regulation Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators traded some jabs at a hearing on chemical safety legislation Wednesday, but it seems likely that the bill will advance out of t...

The Reality of Making Progressive Change in Washington

Keith Gaby | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
Keith Gaby

So we're left with a dilemma. Support a big improvement over current law even though it's imperfect, or say we won't stand for the shortcomings and forgo any change.

Lynne Peeples

Industry-Supported Chemical Bill Straight From 'Merchants Of Doubt' Playbook

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green

Tuesday's unveiling of a bipartisan bill in Congress that would reform how the nation regulates toxic chemicals sparked fervor among environmental and...

Kate Sheppard

Chemical Safety Bills Face Off In Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A pair of Democratic senators has introduced legislation to reform the nation's chemical safety laws, two days after a bipartisan group ...

Kate Sheppard

Senate Bill Would Overhaul U.S. Chemical Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan pair of senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would overhaul U.S. chemical regulations. The bill, from Sens. D...

Am I Still A Rebellious Mom if I Use Disposable Diapers?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

I have a confession to make: I am hardly using cloth diapers anymore. There it is. I said it out loud. It feels good to get this off my chest.

Chemical Contaminants Suspect in Mystery of Alaska Chickadee Beak Deformities Now Spreading Globally

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.19.2015 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

The deformities range from slight to gross and can have severe consequences for the birds if they are unable to use their beaks to pick up food or groom feathers so their bodies retain heat.

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.