Category Archives: synthetic chemicals

New EPA report on health impacts of chlorpyrifos

Environment Health News just published this article about this recent EPA study concluding that chlorpyrifos, an insecticide used on corn and other U.S. crops, poses health risks to workers and can also contaminate drinking water. Chlorpyrifos is one of the most commonly … Continue reading

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Same old DC gridlock on TSCA reform

Just moments ago I posted on yet another state’s successful lawmaking on commercial chemicals regulation.  Now, unfortunately, I get to update you on the continued paralysis in Congress on federal TSCA reform. The Hill reports today that Rep. Shimkus’s floating … Continue reading

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“Overwhelming support” for Vermont chemicals law

This in from local on-line news source, the Vermont Digger: “In one of the most decisive votes of the session the Vermont House supported the regulation of toxic chemicals found in children’s products.  The vote was 114-27.” As blogged a … Continue reading

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Spring reading

Two new articles of mine on environmental health law topics have just been published and can be found on SSRN.  The article on the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, a bill pending in Congress to overhaul TSCA, can be found at the … Continue reading

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Vermont strives for comprehensive chemical regulation

Vermont has enacted a variety of commercial chemicals laws over the last decade in response to specific issues.  For example, 18 V.S.A. § 1511 limits the concentration of  phthalates in products intended for children under 3 years old; 9 V.S.A. … Continue reading

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EU enforcement of consumer product safety laws steps up

The European Union’s Consumer Affairs Commission reports that an increasing number of toxic toys and skin-irritating textiles are being removed from supermarket shelves.  Europe’s Rapid Information System (RAPEX) issued 2,364 notifications of unsafe non-food products in 2013, a 3.8% increase … Continue reading

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Update on the commercial chemicals bill

As explored in earlier posts here and here and here, the Chemicals Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate last May to address many shortcomings of the Toxic Substances Chemical Act (TSCA), has been slowly making its … Continue reading

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PCBs, GE, & FOIA

Yesterday’s Albany Times Union published damning information about GE’s PCB contamination of the Hudson River.  The polluted 200-mile stretch from Hudson Falls to the Atlantic Ocean makes it one of the largest Superfund sites, according to the EPA.  PCBs were banned in 1977 and are … Continue reading

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Inert but potent

Three environmental and public health groups represented by Earthjustice filed suit yesterday, asking the U.S. District Court in San Francisco to require the EPA to promulgate final rules requiring public disclosure of specific pesticide ingredients. The Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, and Physicians for … Continue reading

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Alaska Making Headway on its Chemicals Bill

Newsflash from the Last Frontier:  The Toxic-Free-Children’s Act (SB 151) decribed in this earlier post received a hearing in the Senate Health and Social Services Committee on Wednesday and was speedily passed out of committee two days later.  Guest blogger … Continue reading

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