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

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