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A Move Towards Transparency, or More of the Same?

Transparency and disclosure are regulatory buzz words, corresponding to demand for information about how the government makes decisions and the information used to justify those decisions. In an interesting turn of events, Republicans have begun to introduce or support bills … Continue reading

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Fraud in Asbestos Litigation

Asbestos, a heat resistant mineral fiber, was commonly used as insulation and in manufactured goods as a fire retardant until it was banned for many of these uses in the 1970s. In 1989, EPA attempted to ban all products containing … Continue reading

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Study Finds Association Between Exposure to DDT and Alzheimer’s Disease

A recent study published in JAMA Neurology has identified one of the first environmental risk factors for Alzheimer’s by establishing an association between exposure to the pesticide DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) and Alzheimer’s disease. DDT was widely used as an agricultural insecticide … Continue reading

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Water Safe to Drink After West Virginia Spill (Just Not for Pregnant Women)

On January 9, 7500 gallons of Crude MCHM, or 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a chemical used to clean coal during processing, leaked from a storage tank at Freedom Industries and contaminated the Elk River and the drinking water supply in nine counties. … Continue reading

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Pesticide Residue Found on Nearly Half of All Produce Sold in Canada

Canada’s CBC News recently requested data from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) under federal Access to Information Act, similar to the U.S.’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). According to the data, almost half of the fruits and vegetables sold … Continue reading

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As Winter Descends, EPA Proposes Stricter Standards for Wood Stoves

New Englanders feeding their wood stoves in a struggle against the sub-zero temperatures have something new to read, because EPA has proposed new emission limits on residential wood-burning heaters. While more than twelve million U.S. homes rely on wood stoves … Continue reading

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OSHA Spends 9 Years on a Proposed Rule to Modify a 40-Year Old Limit on Silica Dust

RegBlog recently posted an update on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed rule to update worker safety standards for silica. This would be the first time OSHA has amended the rule, previously discussed on this blog, which was finalized … Continue reading

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NPR Story on the Difference of Opinion on FDA’s Proposed Rule on Raw Manure

A recent NPR story discussed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s proposed rule on raw manure, highlighting the difference of opinion on the subject between FDA and organic farmers. Many organic farmers rely on manure to fertilize their farms … Continue reading

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Toxic Hot Seat: HBO Documentary on the Dangers of Flame Retardants

HBO is now airing the documentary Toxic Hot Seat about flame retardants. The film, based on the Chicago Tribune’s 2012 series Tribune Watchdog, the film tells the story of the “fight to expose the shadowy campaign of deception that left … Continue reading

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GMO Labeling Ballot Initiative Fails in Washington State

Following California’s lead, Washington voters rejected a ballot initiative to require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Washington, one of 26 states to introduce a labeling bill this year, would have been the first state to enact … Continue reading

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