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Paul Blumenthal

Remember Who Held Election's Purse Strings As Congress Sets 2015 Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following the Republican wave that swept away the Democratic Senate majority last week, reporters, advocates and pundits debated the eff...

Lynne Peeples

The Hidden Source Of Industry Influence That Threatens Our Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.18.2014 | Green

SEATTLE -- Dr. Raymond Neutra adopted an alternate persona as he stepped up to the podium on a sunny, late-August afternoon. Sporting a hat and a fake...

Fanning the Flames With Fire Retardants

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

In a reckless, "hope-for-the-best" approach that puts us all at risk, U.S. policy allows the release of synthetic chemicals into the environment -- before their potentially devastating impacts have been adequately evaluated. Multiple Senate bills to fix this toxic system over the past decade have been snuffed out.

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.

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...

Clean Air Ruling Strikes One Must-Do Off EPA's List

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

We don't have to wait any longer. The Supreme Court says yes to regulating cross-state air pollution.

Memo to Congress: Protect Public Health, Not Toxic Chemicals

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Here in the United States our toxic chemical policy is best described as caveat emptor -- let the buyer beware -- and it's making us sick.

West Virginia Spill Highlights Need for Toxic Chemical Reform

Gene Karpinski | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
Gene Karpinski

Our chemical regulatory system is broken. Our nation's primary chemical law -- the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) -- was passed in 1976. Over the years, it's become outdated and is now so flawed that many chemicals, including the one involved in this spill, go virtually unregulated.

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

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...

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.

Food Additives: How Do We Know If They're Safe?

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Toxic substances -- how does the government prevent them from getting into the products we buy? Not well at all.

Senator Vitter's 'Chemical Safety' Bill

Alex Formuzis | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green
Alex Formuzis

It's imperative to maintain a focus on not only the failings of the existing federal law but also the pitfalls of adopting Vitter's bill in its place.

It's Way Past Time to Overhaul Our Broken Federal Chemical Law

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 08.18.2013 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

I wanted to make sure members of Congress understand that their lack of action to effectively regulate industrial chemicals is worsening a growing public health crisis. It is heartening that Congress is finally paying attention. But who will they listen to?

Chemical Safety Reform: A Tale of Two Bills

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.06.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Senator Frank Lautenberg left us with two bills aimed at updating and improving the regulation and safety of the chemicals we use and live with. Which one's better?

The Average American Woman Puts How Many Products On Her Skin Each Day?

The Huffington Post | Christina Anderson | Posted 05.01.2013 | Style

"The average American woman puts between 12 and 20 chemicals on their skin 365 days a year." Sounds shocking, right? But stop for a moment to think ab...

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

Sarah Janssen | Posted 04.10.2013 | Green
Sarah Janssen

Usually draft regulations released on a Friday get little fanfare, but a new draft furniture flammability standard, TB 117-2013, released today is a r...

Open Letter to the EPA: Top Three Must-Dos in Obama's Second Term

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.16.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

We all know about the fiscal cliff. Imagine there was an environmental cliff. If there was, here are three items that I think the EPA (and Congress) would need to move on.

It's Time to Finally End Needless Poisoning of Wildlife

Kieran Suckling | Posted 01.14.2013 | Green
Kieran Suckling

A misguided provision in the bill the Senate will vote on this week would actually prevent the Environmental Protection Agency -- the same agency that got lead out of paint and gasoline -- from stopping wildlife from being poisoned by lead.

Lynne Peeples

'Toxic Spending': Chemical Industry Uses Wallet To Block Tighter Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.25.2012 | Green

In an effort to block a ballot measure in California that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods, shape a Senate race in Ohio with p...

When Did Protecting the Environment Become a Partisan Issue?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 10.15.2012 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Train protected the sanctity of the Everglades and spoke about climate change. So why are people half of Train's age so unwillingly to embrace the need of the environment to be defended?

The Chemical Marketplace: Popcorn Lung -- The Perils of Microwave Popcorn Return

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.05.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Last month a jury in Colorado awarded 59-year-old Wayne Watson $7.2 million from three companies for damages caused by microwave popcorn. The reason? In 2007 Mr. Watson contracted a rare but serious lung disease.

Senate Firewall Key for Health and Environment

Laura Turner Seydel | Posted 11.18.2012 | Green
Laura Turner Seydel

The health of citizens and our air, water, and land shouldn't be issues divided along party lines. Protecting our health and the fragile world we live in should be a moral obligation shared by all parties.

Updating Our Chemical Laws After 36 Years

Lisa P. Jackson | Posted 09.26.2012 | Green
Lisa P. Jackson

We have a lot of work to do to modernize our chemical safety laws -- which means there is no better time to start than now.

Tell the Senate: Healthy Children Need Safe Chemicals

Margie Kelly | Posted 09.25.2012 | Parents
Margie Kelly

We know a lot about how toxic chemicals hurt kids. Babies are born with more than 200 chemicals in their bodies. Rates of childhood cancer keep rising...