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Toxic-Free Furniture In our Future - Newly Proposed California Regulations Will Improve our Health and Fire Safety

(4) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 3:04 PM

Usually draft regulations released on a Friday get little fanfare, but a new draft furniture flammability standard, TB 117-2013, released today is a really big deal that affects all of us.

The revised furniture flammability standard fixes a nearly 40 year old problem...

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My Toxic Couch

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 7:04 PM

Have you ever wondered what chemicals might lurk in your couch?  I did and so I decided to participate in a study, just published, which analyzed what kinds of flame retardant chemicals are being used in upholstered...

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NRDC Lawsuit Finally Prompts FDA to Agree to Determine Safety of BPA

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 1:34 PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally committed to a decision by March 31, 2012 on whether to ban BPA from use in packaging for food and drinks. This was announced today as part of a settlement agreement with NRDC. 

More than three years ago, NRDC filed a...

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Getting BPA Out of Baby Bottles Isn't Enough

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 6:37 PM

Like most parents, I have invested a lot of time and money in buying baby bottles, sippy cups and other children’s products that were labeled “BPA-free”.  Today, if you shop at any major retailer every bottle on the shelf is labeled “BPA-free”. But this wasn’t always the case.

 It has only...

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New Study Links Flame Retardants to Lower Birth Weight

(8) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 12:39 PM

A study published Tuesday, Aug. 30 by a group of researchers at UC-Berkeley has found that exposure to a group of flame retardants, PBDEs, is linked to lower birth weight in...

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New Study Lends Further Evidence That California's Flammability Standard Puts Vulnerable Populations at Risk

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 7:10 PM

A study published today in the journal, Environmental Science and Technology, is further evidence that Californians are the most highly polluted people in the world with toxic flame retardant chemicals....

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Jessica Alba: Super Mom

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 5:58 PM

You may not have heard about it yet, but you will. Actress and mother Jessica Alba is traveling to Washington DC next week to lend her name and star power to an extremely worthy cause: reducing our exposure to unsafe chemicals by reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). ...

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New Study Finds Flame Retardant Chemicals are in Most Baby Products

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 2:22 PM

A new study published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Environmental Science & Technology, found that out of 101 baby products tested, 80 contained flame retardant chemicals. The products tested included nursing pillows,...

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California's Flammability Standard Puts Children at Risk

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2011 | 7:52 PM

A study published this week in the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives is further evidence that California children are the most highly exposed to flame retardant chemicals. Based on the results of this and previous studies, it is likely these high levels...

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Pregnant Women Are Carrying a Lot More Than Just a New Baby

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 11:41 AM

January is National Birth Defects Prevention month and while we have made great strides in raising awareness about the importance of folate and prenatal vitamins in early pregnancy, there are a number of birth defects which continue to rise which have been suspected of being caused by exposure...

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NRDC Sues FDA for 30 Year Delay in Regulating Antimicrobials

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 5:10 PM

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogToday NRDC sued the FDA, again, this time because the Agency has yet to finalize a document 32 years in the making that would regulate the use of antimicrobial chemicals in hand soaps and body washes. Today’s lawsuit asks the...

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BPA Ban in California Passes, Despite Industry Spin

(2) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 3:13 PM

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogOn July 1, the California Assembly passed a bill that will ban the use of BPA in products for children less than 3 years of age - including baby bottles, sippy cups, infant formula...

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Our Patience Has Run Out: NRDC Sues FDA for Failure to Regulate BPA

(10) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 12:33 PM

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogToday, NRDC filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration for its failure to act on a petition to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging, food containers, and other materials likely to come into contact with...

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FDA Still Dragging Its Feet on Triclosan

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 5:00 PM

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Today, Representative Ed Markey released correspondence between his office and federal government agencies regarding concerns over the use of so-called “antimicrobial” chemicals. This was the result of concerns that NRDC brought to Mr....

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A New Approach to Detecting Chemicals Linked to Breast Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 2:19 PM

Odds are that you know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. One in eight U.S. women will develop this terrifying disease in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer and a leading cause of death in American women.

Though the odds of survival have dramatically improved over...

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California Takes an Important Step Forward with BPA Announcement

(2) Comments | Posted February 16, 2010 | 3:37 PM

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Today the state of California took an important step forward in protecting public health from the toxic chemical bisphenol A or BPA. By posting a request for information on their website, California EPA has just indicated that they intend to list BPA...

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The Chemical Industry Desperately Wants to Keep Their Products in Your Shopping Cart

(7) Comments | Posted June 2, 2009 | 6:30 PM

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I am a typical mom who makes most of the purchasing decisions in my family. I cut coupons, read labels, shop in bulk, and do my best to purchase healthy products. Because I am concerned about exposure to Bisphenol A...

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Court Agrees: Phthalates are Banned From Toys Effective Next Week!

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2009 | 12:46 PM

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 NRDC scored a big victory today when a federal judge ruled in our favor in a court case against the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The CPSC had previously ruled that although Congress had set...

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More Evidence That BPA is Toxic and Industry Tactics Exposed

(4) Comments | Posted February 1, 2009 | 6:57 PM

In this era of change, not much has done so at the FDA , where officials continue to say that bisphenol A (BPA) in our food supply is safe despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. We are hopeful that once a new FDA commissioner is named, there will...

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