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Kate Sheppard

House Advances Chemical Safety Reform Bill, Teeing Up Senate Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday evening that would reform the country's principal chemical safety law, moving Co...

The Senate's 'Chemical Safety' Myths

Michael Green | Posted 05.29.2015 | Green
Michael Green

The Senate is poised to adopt a "chemical safety" bill (S. 697) that is fully supported by the chemical industry -- the same companies that have fought for decades against any restrictions on their toxic products.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Committee Advances Chemical Safety Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee advanced legislation on Tuesday that would update the nation's 39-year-old law governi...

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...

The Right to Know Reader: Our Current Laws Do Not Protect You From Toxic Chemicals

Earthjustice | Posted 10.16.2014 | Green
Earthjustice

Of the 80,000-plus chemicals that have been approved to be on the market in the United States, approximately 17,000 are "secret." If you believe that our current laws and regulations protect you and your family from all these chemicals, you are mistaken.

Chemical Industry Manipulations Fail to Change Scientific Fact

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 10.09.2014 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

The verdict is in... again! Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. This is not earthshaking news or even news, but apparently Congress felt it was worth a million of your tax dollars to confirm what has been a scientific fact for nearly a decade: formaldehyde causes cancer.

Toxics Bill Fails the Mom Test

Molly Rauch | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
Molly Rauch

Our current chemical law does not protect our health. Reform of the outdated and ineffective Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is one of the top priorities of moms across the nation.

Lynne Peeples

Toxic Chemical Bill Championed By Industry, Chided By Children's Health Advocates

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green

Brad Springer, 10, has fought and defeated neuroblastoma cancer -- twice. Today, according to his dad, the now healthy Idaho boy is wielding his power...

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.

States Target Toxic Chemicals As Washington Fails To Act

Center for Public Integrity | Ronnie Greene | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green

By Ronnie Greene, Center for Public Integrity: In Vermont, the Senate has just passed a bill potentially empowering the Green Mountain State to ba...

Lynne Peeples

Firefighters Sound Alarm On Toxic Chemicals

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green

More than 200 empty pairs of firefighter boots lined the steps of the Rotunda in San Francisco's City Hall on Wednesday. Each pair represented a l...

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.

Should I Drink Potentially Toxic Water? WV Gov. Says, "It's Your Decision"

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 01.28.2014 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Saying "it's your decision" is abdicating government's responsibility to protect us. It's declaring that the chemical industry is in charge, that our only chance for protection is for each and every one of us to become toxicologists and assess risk in our tap water, in the beauty aisle, at the supermarket.

Kate Sheppard

Manchin Calls For More Chemical Tank Inspections After West Virginia Disaster

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Wednesday that he plans to introduce legislation that would require inspections for chemical storage tan...

Jennifer Bendery

Congress Shrugs In Response To West Virginia Chemical Spill, But Joe Manchin Has A Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders aren't exactly sounding the alarms in response to last week's West Virginia chemical spill that left 300,000 peopl...

Kate Sheppard

These Companies Want More Government Regulation

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- A group of consumer product companies have formed a coalition to push for chemical safety reform legislation. The coalition includes S...

Lynne Peeples

Flame-Retardant Chemicals Endanger Firefighters, Gymnasts

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green

Flame-retardant chemicals permeate the world, and the bodies of nearly every person. But a new film and a new scientific study point to two groups of ...

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.

Toxic Chemical Reform Must Help, Not Hinder, States and Victims' Rights

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 12.29.2013 | Green
Sidney Shapiro

In the United States, the framework for safeguarding people and the environment against the dangers of toxic chemicals comprises three mutually reinforcing legal systems.

Improve and Move

Dominique Browning | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Dominique Browning

For years, hundreds of thousands of parents have been demanding reform -- just look at how some companies dropped the hormone disruptor BPA in plastics, for instance, because of consumers' protests.

5 Ways the Outdated Toxic Chemicals Law Makes Us Sick

Molly Rauch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Molly Rauch

The major law regulating chemicals in commerce is dizzying. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed 37 years ago this week. It's never been amended, updated, or reworked, and its outdated approach harms our children.