Because current chemical laws are so outdated, the typical American is exposed to hundreds of chemicals from cleaning products, non-stick kitchen pans, stain resistant furniture and other products used every day. All this toxic exposure is linked to cancer, fertility problems and learning disabilities; health problems that could be avoided if better, federal chemical laws […]
By Danielle Ohlemacher with Reproductive Health Technologies Project Originally published June 16, 2011. As a child, one of my favorite father-daughter activities was trips to Home Depot on Saturday mornings to pick out supplies for around the house projects. We’d buy wood, paint, varnishes and nails. My dad would teach me and my sisters how […]
By Andy Igrejas, National Campaign Director, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a good day to reflect on the role moms are playing in the movement for safety and health, and also an opportunity to appreciate a particular mom out there, the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Lisa Jackson, with a lot of […]
BPA is a very common chemical found in plastics, food and beverage can linings, and other consumer products. BPA is one of the highest volume chemicals produced in the world; according to the Centers for Disease Control, 93% of us have it in our bodies. BPA mimics estrogen and, in animal studies, researchers have linked […]
Last month, the feisty lame duck Congress heeded a bipartisan chorus of advice, from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton, in voting to ratify a new nuclear weapons treaty to reduce the risks of dangerous materials falling into the wrong hands. Could the new Congress find bipartisan agreement to ratify a global treaty to reduce the risks of the “worst of the worst” toxic chemicals?
Today Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010, an ambitious bill aimed at revamping the 34-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. This is not the first time Congress has attempted to fix our nation’s flawed system for regulating toxic chemicals, but it is the first time that both chemical industry […]
This week the chemical industry is meeting in Baltimore for their annual GlobalChem Conference. Top on their agenda is how best to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), our federal law for overseeing chemical safety. This is welcome news because TSCA is failing to protect public health and the environment from toxic chemicals. Under […]
By Nena Baker, author of The Body Toxic Persistence is a great trait if you’re job hunting, learning to play the piano or potty training your child. But when it comes to toxic chemicals, persistence is a characteristic that spells trouble for people, animals and the environment. Congress, as it sets about updating and reforming […]
In anticipation of a serious update to the disco-era Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Congress today began hearing expert testimony on which of the many toxic chemicals currently in circulation should be reviewed first.
I’m a nurse. I’m a mother. I’ve been working on finding solutions to the health problems caused by toxic chemicals for a long time. And I look like the kind of stranger you can talk to. So I get told a lot of stories and asked a lot of questions about disease and health…