Health professionals; scientists oppose “transparency” rule

The Senate Environment and Public Works committee held a hearing on EPA’s “Implementation of Sound and Transparent Science in Regulation.” EPA proposed a rule “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” on April 30, 2018. In response, Dr. Tracey Woodruff, Professor and Director at the University of California, San Francisco Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, … Continue reading Health professionals; scientists oppose “transparency” rule

‘Worst of worst’ chemicals here to stay – EPA, we need action

When Congress reformed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 2016, it gave EPA a critical job: to protect the public’s health from the ‘worst of the worst’ hazardous chemicals – those that build up in our bodies and persist in the environment, known as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals (PBTs). EPA’s recent assessment of … Continue reading ‘Worst of worst’ chemicals here to stay – EPA, we need action

EPA method will curtail science used in chemical evaluations

EPA recently released its new TSCA “systematic review” method that establishes how the Agency will use science to make decisions about whether to limit toxic chemicals in our air, water, food and everyday products. Unfortunately, our analysis finds that instead of ensuring a comprehensive, unbiased evaluation, like a systematic review is supposed to do, the … Continue reading EPA method will curtail science used in chemical evaluations

In this EPA, low priority is a high priority

You may have heard the statistics: 80,000 industrial, commercial and consumer product chemicals registered for use in the U.S. with little if any health data on most, and few hazardous chemicals restricted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Thus, you might naturally think that EPA’s focus under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) would … Continue reading In this EPA, low priority is a high priority

Stripping chemical hazard program bad move for public health

There’s a federal assessment program you’ve probably never heard of, yet its results are so powerful that they create policies to limit people’s exposure to cancer-causing and toxic chemicals across the country, from a mobile home park in San Diego to a retired couple’s home in Northwest Michigan to apartments in Minneapolis. It’s the Integrated … Continue reading Stripping chemical hazard program bad move for public health

EPA skirts law with industry ‘do-overs’ for risky chemicals

I wish my school exams had been as easy as getting approval to produce a new chemical under this administration’s EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). The Agency’s new process is the equivalent of getting a bunch of answers wrong, being told what the right answers are, then re-doing the test and getting an A+. But unlike … Continue reading EPA skirts law with industry ‘do-overs’ for risky chemicals

Why PBT is a toxic chemical supervillain

Meet some of the most infamous chemicals in the world: Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic chemicals- abbreviated as “PBTs.” The industrial chemicals PCBs, one of the first PBTs identified, were banned 4 decades ago yet to this day contaminate waterways, schools, and harm our health. Recent research from the Children’s Center at University of California, Berkeley … Continue reading Why PBT is a toxic chemical supervillain

Risky paint stripper will continue to kill while EPA delays

Methylene chloride, an ingredient used in paint strippers, has been responsible for a tragic, recurring pattern of deaths year after year. Predicting the future is never easy—but in the case of methylene chloride, it is all too clear that this deadly chemical will kill again, unless action is taken to finally remove it from store … Continue reading Risky paint stripper will continue to kill while EPA delays

Protecting Science at EPA Means Defending its Budget

Over 100 scientists, clinicians and health professionals are telling Congress not to defund programs at EPA that are essential to protecting children and pregnant women’s health from environmental threats. Funding and support for research to understand how the environment can impact children and the health of communities are more important than ever to provide evidence … Continue reading Protecting Science at EPA Means Defending its Budget

EPA plans for calculating chemical risks just don’t add up

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making major changes in how it deals with hazardous chemicals, and the first 10 chemicals EPA is considering have a whopping combined production volume of over 1 billion pounds per year. That’s about 3 pounds of chemicals per person in the U.S., and we know that Americans … Continue reading EPA plans for calculating chemical risks just don’t add up