WASHINGTON – Late Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee voted to include important measures to protect public health from toxic PFAS chemicals in the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the legislation that funds the Department of Defense.
Skin lightening creams with mercury. Hair relaxers with parabens and estrogenic chemicals. Douches and vaginal sprays with phthalates.
In the US, beauty products are largely unregulated. Everyone is at risk, but women of color face extra hazards from the products that are marketed to them. And these hazards pile on top of health disparities created by other systemic injustices.
Washington, DC—This morning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its final risk evaluation for Methylene Chloride—finding unreasonable risk of injury from 47 of 53 uses examined, including the use of methylene chloride in paint and coating removers.