This week, New York Senator Chuck Schumer will introduce a new bill, The Children and Firefighter Protection Act, to ban the ten most notoriously toxic flame retardant chemicals in residential upholstered furniture and children’s products, and to set up a process to examine and regulate other similar chemicals.
You know those sweet moments when your children, or in my case nieces, are curled up reading a book? Or even better when they read out loud to you with their sweet little voices? It’s moments like those that I continue to fight to protect children’s health from toxic chemicals. Our partners at the Center […]
Today is the official 37th “birthday” for our toxic chemical law the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The last time our primary law on toxic chemicals was update was 1976 and as you can image, we’ve learned a thing or two about the ways in which chemicals behave in our bodies and the environment.
In honor of TSCA’s 37th “unbirthday” we’ll post a series of blogs this week highlighting some of the failures of our federal law and outline a path towards safer chemicals.
I am a Great Lakes enthusiast; in fact my love of the lakes is one of the driving forces that led me to this work. I spend my summer vacation on Lake Superior, took frequent camping trips along the North Shore of Superior in college, and have enjoyed friend’s weddings along the banks of Lake Michigan.
There’s something about the Great Lakes that hooks us. Whether or not you live in a Great Lakes state, if you’ve experienced their beauty you know how important it is to protect them.
That’s why dozens of Great Lakes organizations have come together to ask the nation’s top ten retailers to protect these valuable resources from toxic chemical pollutants. As part of the letter to retailers, the organizations attached a new fact sheet highlighting some of the new science around toxic chemical pollutants in the Great Lakes, including the nasty “PBT” chemicals that stay in the environment, to “emerging contaminants” like Triclosan, which are rapidly rising as Great Lakes pollutants.
Phthalates are insidious chemicals that are seemingly turning up everywhere. Research increasingly shows they can interfere with the production or activity of hormones in the human endocrine system. New research from the University of Texas School of Public Health says chemicals the industry adds to many consumer products isn’t just getting into some of our food, […]
Due to modern technology it’s amazing that the grease from our pizza doesn’t stain the passenger seat when we bring it home… but have you ever paused to think of what chemicals are used to treat the pizza box to make it grease resistant? New research on perfluorinated compounds (PFOA and PFOS), sheds light on […]
Would you use perfume on your baby? Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director We all love the smell of babies, but at what cost? It was just last week when I was watching Modern Family and I couldn’t stop laughing when one of the characters was “baby huffing.” You know that overwhelming feeling when you hold a […]
By Anne Brock, mother and blogger at Flour Sack Mama I could hardly tear my oldest daughter away from the solar system exhibit when we last visited a popular science center. Not only were the planets perfectly suspended and illuminated to awe visitors, but the interactive touch screens drew kids in to learn fun facts and […]
When Herbert H. Dow tapped the bromine salt deposits beneath Midland, Michigan, he launched a major chemical company and the chemistry that, more than a century later, still haunts our homes and bodies with toxic flame retardants. Scientists shed new light on this growing chemical threat just last week, with two research teams reporting results […]