Category Archives: chemical safety regulation

Alaska Seeks to Join the Ranks of State Chemicals Regulators

Our favorite guest blogger, VLS alum Maricarmen Cruz-Guilloty, Environmental Health and Justice Coordinator at Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), reports that the Alaska Legislature will consider a bill about toxic chemicals in children’s products in 2014.  Senator Donny Olson, … Continue reading

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Good and Bad News on Phthalates in the U.S.

This study recently published in Environmental Health Perspectives, the monthly peer-reviewed journal supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, concluded that phthalate exposure in the … Continue reading

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Connecting the dots between BPA and U.S. health care costs

The incidence of chronic disease, use of synthetic chemicals, and evidence that many of them have human health impacts have grown during the past few decades.  So has U.S. health care spending (an eightfold increase since the 1960s).   As Philip … Continue reading

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No More Tears – and probable carcinogens

Johnson & Johnson has just quietly reformulated its baby shampoo as a result of consumer pressure.  It no longer contains formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.  In 2011, J&J promised to remove both chemicals from all of its baby care products by the … 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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Group Urges Stricter Chemical Regulation to Prevent Chemical Disasters

The Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters released a video in support of stricter chemical regulation. The video supports the Coalition’s mission to advance the use of safer chemicals and processes to prevent harm from chemical disasters. According to the Coalition, … Continue reading

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Join this teleconference TODAY on breast cancer and the environment

We just received this announcement from Maricarmen Cruz-Guilloty Environmental Health and Justice Coordinator, Alaska Community Action on Toxics: 10/16 Free Call – Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention. 9-10 am AK time. Sign up today. Please join this call … 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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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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