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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 Reform of the outdated and ineffective Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is one of the top priorities of moms across the nation.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.

Kate Sheppard

Will Congress Finally Reform Chemical Safety Policy After 37 Years?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The EPA's decision late last week to withdraw two proposed changes to chemical safety and disclosure rules is another sign that the coun...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Quietly Withdraws Two Proposed Chemical Safety Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency this week quietly withdrew two draft rules dealing with the regulation of chemicals. The potential r...

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.

Reset the Clock on Cancer: Tell the Senate to Fix Our Chemical Laws

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 10.01.2013 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

What would you do to prevent someone you love from getting breast cancer? To keep your sister, mother, daughter or son safe from this devastating disease that has touched millions of people?

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?

Lautenberg Leaves Lasting Legacy, Hope For Toxic Chemical Reform

Lynne Peeples | Posted 08.03.2013 | Green
Lynne Peeples

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) did not live to see his efforts to safeguard children from toxic chemicals fully realized. But in response to his passi...

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...

My Toxic Couch

Sarah Janssen | Posted 02.09.2013 | Green
Sarah Janssen

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 furniture.