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

Arsenic in drinking water may increase the risk of preterm birth

Preterm birth, when a baby is born before 37 weeks, is a pressing public health problem because babies born early have greater risks of mortality and health complications and later disease in child and adulthood. In 2017 alone, California had more than 400,000 preterm births an increased rate of 8.6%compared to the previous year. Though … Continue reading Arsenic in drinking water may increase the risk of preterm birth

Unsealing Science: UCSF’s Chemical Industry Documents Library

Why would the University of California San Francisco host internal industry emails, scientific studies, and public relations campaigns in its Industry Documents Library (IDL)?  Because UCSF is dedicated to producing and using the best science to benefit the public’s health – and if science is manipulated or misrepresented, that can result in negative effects. Documents … Continue reading Unsealing Science: UCSF’s Chemical Industry Documents Library

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

New method uncovers hidden chemicals in pregnant women

Did you know that there are more than 80,000 chemicals registered for commercial use in the US, with an estimated 2,000 new ones being introduced each year?  More than 30,000 pounds of chemicals are manufactured and imported for every American, nearly 15 times of the amount of food that one would eat annually. Believe it … Continue reading New method uncovers hidden chemicals in pregnant women

Pruitt’s War on Science Just Got Real

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt just released new proposed regulations that he claims will ‘strengthen science’ and address the ‘replication crisis.’  But let’s be very clear, these regulations will only serve to undermine scientific evidence and contribute to the real crisis here—unraveling public health protection in the U.S. The rulemaking is based on prior proposed legislation … Continue reading Pruitt’s War on Science Just Got Real

Is the New Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Working as Congress Intended?

Our April 2018 legislative briefing “Is the New Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Working as Congress Intended?,” held in partnership with The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), was attended by 95 people including Congressional and agency staff, media and NGOs. Leading experts shared concerns about EPA’s approach to the science in TSCA implementation- … Continue reading Is the New Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Working as Congress Intended?

The Clean Air Act must protect pregnant women: here’s how

Whether at the Oscars or the March for Science, women are increasingly standing up with each other and questioning the status quo in everything from entertainment to politics, including in my field of environmental health. Protecting women during pregnancy from pollution might seem like an obvious public health objective, yet in the 40-plus year history … Continue reading The Clean Air Act must protect pregnant women: here’s how