Monthly Archives: September 2013

Public Health and Environmental Protection

While Caitlin attended the VLS symposium on Friday, I was at the University of Michigan Law School’s Environmental Law and Policy Program’s fall conference.  Co-sponsored by the school’s Environmental Law Society and the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law, … Continue reading

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The Disclosure Debates at Vermont Law School: Part One

The Vermont Law Review hosted its 13th Annual Symposium, the Disclosure Debates: The Regulatory Power of an Informed Public. The event addressed disclosure in the context of environmental laws, financial regulation, food and product labeling, and campaign finance. Professor Pat … Continue reading

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The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a statement, to be followed by an article in the October issue of Obstetrics & Gynecologists, warning women about the risks that toxins pose to both pregnant women and fetuses. The … Continue reading

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Enviro health advocacy in Alaska

Lex pro urbe et orbe—Law for the community and the world.  That’s the Vermont Law School motto that informs so many of our students’ next steps post graduation.  Maricarmen Cruz-Guilloty VLS ’12 is doing environmental health and justice policy work … Continue reading

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GAO Reviews EPA’s use of Conditional Registration

Pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA conducts toxicity assessments to determine whether or not to register chemical substances. In a recent report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) addressed EPA’s longstanding struggle to obtain adequate scientific information on … Continue reading

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CSIA Update: Committee action in the House

This just in from Energy and Environment Daily today:  the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold its third hearing this year on the Toxic Substances Control Act, this time focusing on state preemption and the regulation of … Continue reading

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Committee Hearing on the Chemical Safety Improvement Act turns into Preemption Debate

One of the biggest topics of debate surrounding the bi-partisan attempt to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has been whether the bill, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), would preempt state law. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chair of … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Statement about Arsenic in Rice

On September 6, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement after testing over 1,300 rice products for the presence of arsenic. The tests follow research indicating that rice products contained unsafe levels of arsenic. Arsenic is naturally present … Continue reading

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