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

1+1>2: Evaluating how risks of pollutants and stressors stack up

Constant exposure to environmental pollutants can sicken our bodies, and social stressors such as poverty and psychological burden can further aggravate the health effects. For example, traffic-related air pollution has been linked to the onset of childhood asthma. However, if children exposed to air pollutants also experience violence, their risks of developing asthma can be … Continue reading 1+1>2: Evaluating how risks of pollutants and stressors stack up

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

Research program benefits kid’s health; funding in jeopardy

The Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC) sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt praising the innovative science carried out by the Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers across the country and supporting continued funding for their vital work which contributes to reducing health risks and improving the quality of life for … Continue reading Research program benefits kid’s health; funding in jeopardy

What the Science Says: How EPA Matters to Children’s Health

Our April 2017 legislative briefing “What the Science Says: How EPA Matters to Children’s Health,” held in partnership with the Children’s Environmental Health Network, was attended by over 90 people including Congressional staff, EPA, media and NGOs. Leading scientists presented compelling data on how environmental protections affect children’s health. We developed the infographics and social … Continue reading What the Science Says: How EPA Matters to Children’s Health

EPA Advisory Panels – Experts Need Not Apply?

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recently implemented a new policy banning scientists who receive EPA grant money from serving on its advisory committees. In many cases, independent university scientists, who are leading experts in their fields, will be replaced with advisors funded by the oil, chemical and waste disposal industries—the … Continue reading EPA Advisory Panels – Experts Need Not Apply?