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A Treatment for Chemophobia

Joe Schwarcz | Posted 04.11.2014 | Science
Joe Schwarcz

The oxygen we breathe, the water we drink and the sugar we eat are all chemicals. But somehow "chemical" has become a dirty word, synonymous with "toxin," and "chemical-free" is now a popular, albeit nonsensical, advertising slogan.

Kate Sheppard

Company Settles For Record Sum To Clean Up 85-Year Toxic Legacy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.03.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday a $5.15 billion settlement with a subsidiary of ...

Leaving the Next Generation an Empty Bag: The Big Mop-Up

Bill Couzens | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

If cancer is preventable (meaning its prevalence can be reduced by making lifestyle and/or environment changes, excluding hereditary cancers), then how and why are we still struggling to reverse the increasing incidences of cancer?

Kate Sheppard

After Chemical Spill, Poll Finds Most West Virginians Want Tougher Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.24.2014 | Green

A large majority of West Virginians think that last month's chemical spill, which left 300,000 residents without access to safe tap water, was a "wake...

Kate Sheppard

'Why Can't One Of You Stand Up And Say Our Water Is Drinkable?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At Monday's congressional hearing on the chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without access to tap water last month,...

Kate Sheppard

The Company Behind West Virginia's Chemical Spill Ducks Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The company that owns the facility that leaked 10,000 gallons of chemicals into the water supply of hundreds of thousands of West...

Human Footprints to a Harrowing Future

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I have read dozens of books dealing with the natural world and the environmental crisis. But rarely have I come across the mirror of the world I disco...

W. Va. Governor Requests More Bottled Water

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

Three weeks after a 10,000-gallon chemical spill contaminated drinking water for West Virginia residents, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has asked the local wa...

Kate Sheppard

West Virginians Still Worried About Their Water 20 Days After Chemical Spill

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.29.2014 | Green

Some West Virginians affected by the chemical spill earlier this month are still not drinking their tap water -- and donations of bottled water are st...

Kate Sheppard

West Virginia Senator Wants Leaking Chemical Storage Site Torn Down

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Two weeks after a chemical spill cut off access to clean tap water for 300,000 West Virginians, one of the state's U.S. senators is calling for the st...

A Look at Environmental Justice in the United States Today

Bill Chameides | Posted 03.22.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech in 2011 that Martin Luther King Jr. "plant[ed] the seeds of the environmental justice movement" and that environmental justice is "a civil rights issue." In that spirit, let's look at some metrics on how equitable environmental risk is distributed in the U.S.

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...

Kate Sheppard

West Virginia Spill Exposes Disturbing Lack Of Data About Hazardous Chemicals

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

The 300,000 residents of nine West Virginia counties affected by last Thursday's chemical spill are slowly starting to get notice that they can turn o...

Kate Sheppard

West Virginia Democrats Tepid On New Regulations Following Chemical Spill

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of thousands of West Virginians were still without safe tap water Monday after a spill reported on Thursday dumped chemicals us...

Kate Sheppard

How Do You Take Care Of Infant Triplets When A Chemical Spill Has Ruined Your Water?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

Courtney Baumwell thought she had a lot on her hands already, with 2 1/2-month-old triplets and a recent move to Charleston, W.Va. Then a chemical spi...

Cancer: An ‎Inevitable Stage of Life?

Bill Couzens | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

In a recent story by George Johnson in the New York Times, "Why Everyone Seems to Have Cancer," it seems that way because they often do. Seemingl...

Kate Sheppard

Federal Agencies Aim To Prevent The Next Deadly Chemical Plant Explosion

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Federal agencies on Friday released new proposals meant to address safety concerns at chemical plants across the country, a response to ...

BHA and BHT: A Case for Fresh?

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

A look at two common preservatives found in cereals and other foods. (Flickr/Rex Roof) More than 80,000 chemicals are produced, used and presentin th...

12 Easy Resolutions for a Healthier Home

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Don't microwave food in plastic -- transfer it to glass or dishware instead, where it's also safe for storage. If you have to use plastic, look for those labeled "BPA-free," and always let food cool before you store in plastic.

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...

The Not-So-Sweet Skinny on Sugar-Free Gum Sweeteners

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Chameides

If you like gum, perhaps sugar-free gum is part of your strategy for shedding some pounds while still enjoying some sweet masticating. But there may be a chemical downside to sugar-free gum. A downside that comes from the many chemicals that substitute for sugar.

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.

Argentina's Growing Pesticide Use Worries Many

AP | By MICHAEL WARREN and NATACHA PISARENKO | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

BASAVILBASO, Argentina (AP) — Argentine farmworker Fabian Tomasi was never trained to handle pesticides. His job was to keep the crop-dusters flying...

California Bypasses Feds, Presses Ahead on Regulation of Toxic Chemicals

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 12.01.2013 | Green
The Center for Public Integrity

California's Safer Consumer Products Regulations, described as the first of its kind in the country, allows the state to publish a list of potentially threatening chemicals -- and then, by next April, target up to five priority products containing them.