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
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
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
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
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?
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
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