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Confronting Toxics Blog

  • New Legislation Would Ban Dangerous PBTs
    Posted by Kathy Attar, MPH on July 31, 2014

    Dr. Susan Katz, Oregon PSR board President, provided the medical voice at a recent press conference announcing a new bill to phase out the worst of the worst toxic chemicals. Read more »

  • What's Next for Toxics Reform?
    Posted by Kathy Attar, MPH on June 13, 2014

    Just about every week, a new study shows the connection between toxic chemicals and adverse health outcomes. Read more »
    4 comment(s)

  • California's Green Chemistry Initiative: Reaction to Prevention
    Posted by Megan Cronin, Toxics Intern on April 14, 2014

    California, with the help of our PSR-LA chapter, has taken key steps to get tougher on toxics. Read more »

  • Toxics in Congress: No Green Light to Dangerous Chemicals
    Posted by Megan Cronin, Toxics Intern on April 14, 2014

    PSR condemned the proposed Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA), saying “CICA fails to reduce exposures to hazardous chemicals in our air, water, and consumer products, and it does nothing to protect the health of vulnerable populations.” Read more »
    3 comment(s)

  • Autism spectrum disorders continue to rise
    Posted by Kathy Attar, MPH on April 2, 2014

    New data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that the estimated number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to grow. Read more »

  • Chemical Security Advocacy
    Posted by Meg Cronin, PSR Toxics Intern on March 19, 2014

    In the wake of the Freedom Industry spill that poisoned the drinking water for thousands of West Virginians, and the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in TX, President Obama issued an executive order to improve chemical facility safety and security. He was right to do so. Read more »

  • Poisoning the Next Generation of Minds: A Plea for Reform in a Toxic World
    Posted by Meg Cronin, PSR Toxics Intern on March 3, 2014

    We are all exposed to potentially harmful toxic chemicals on a daily basis, whether we recognize it or not. From the gasses emanating from our beautiful new wall paint to the pesticides on our produce, chemical exposure is virtually unavoidable. Read more »
    3 comment(s)

  • WV Chemical Spill Points to Needed Regulation
    Posted by Kathy Attar, MPH on January 16, 2014

    On January 10 in Charleston, WV, community members were told their water was contaminated with an industrial chemical used in coal processing. Read more »
    7 comment(s)

  • Behind the Scenes at the Safe Chemicals Act Legislative Hearing
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on November 24, 2011

    Last week I wrote about the legislative hearing in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. At the hearing, Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) said that he would be calling for a committee vote in the near future. Read more »
    2 comment(s)

  • Momentum Builds for Toxics Reform
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on November 17, 2011

    We are really making progress on toxics policy. This week, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee held a legislative hearing on the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847), introduced last spring by Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ). Read more »
    2 comment(s)

  • PSR Mourns the Loss of Paul Epstein
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on November 17, 2011

    The PSR community has lost a pioneer, a champion, and an outstanding colleague in the field of climate change and public health. Paul Epstein, MD MPH, co-founder and co-director of Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, died early this week. Read more »
    1 comment(s)

  • “Bad Actor” Chemicals Honored at Second Annual Toxies Awards
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on June 21, 2011

    Picture a Hollywood theater with limos, paparazzi, primping, and acceptance speeches. But instead of honoring Hollywood’s stars and starlets, the Toxies awards honored “bad actor” chemicals in a satiric red-carpet awards show hosted by PSR-LA. Read more »

  • A Collaborative Effort to Protect Public Health: The Work of the National Conversation on Chemical Exposures
    Posted by Shoko Kubotera on April 26, 2011

    The National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures was initiated by the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in June 2009 to make a plan to better protect the public from harmful chemicals. Read more »
    2 comment(s)

  • Food Essays Posted on Environmental Health Policy Institute
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on February 28, 2011

    Last week we posted essays to the Environmental Health Policy Institute addressing the question: “How does our food production system drive our exposure to toxic chemicals?” Read more »

  • One Little Boy with Asthma
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on February 10, 2011

    Last week, in a small Senate hearing room packed standing-room-only with spectators, Senator Lautenberg of New Jersey opened a session on reforming the outdated, 36-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA, or “Tosca”). Read more »

  • New Toxics Resource: Dr. Denison on "The State of TSCA Reform"
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on January 31, 2011

    Last Wednesday more than 60 people joined us for the first in a series of Confronting Toxics webinars – this one was about the role of the healthcare professional in federal chemicals policy. We were lucky to have Richard Denison, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, as well as Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director of the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition, as presenters. Read more »

  • Why is chemical policy reform so hard to pass? The real priority of the chemical industry
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on November 19, 2010

    Federal chemical policy reform is a health imperative. In this Congress, reform bills were introduced in the Senate and the House addressing some of the most overt failures of our federal chemicals management system. Those bills never made it out of committee. Why didn’t these health-protective bills ever come up for a vote? Did Congress just run out of legislative energy and momentum after the healthcare reform marathon, and the debacle of a failed climate and energy bill? Read more »
    1 comment(s)

  • Dynamic Partnerships at the Washington Chapter: collaboration is crucial to success
    Posted by Cherie Eichholz on October 20, 2010

    In recent years I have spent a lot of time considering what it is that drives change and in particular, what drives meaningful social and policy change. With the election of Barack Obama many Americans naively thought our country and our world would change overnight, that the policies of the past eight years or longer would be overturned and a new era of progressive thought and action would be initiated. Read more »

  • Cell phone safety
    Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on October 1, 2010

    Recently I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Devra Davis, a member of PSR’s Environmental Health Policy Institute, speak about her new book, Disconnect: the truth about cell phone radiation, what the industry has done to hide it, and how to protect your family. In addition to learning about the potential health risks of exposure to non-ionizing radiation, I found myself struck with the familiarity of the story, if not the exact content. As cell phones have come into wider and wider use, a vested industry has tirelessly worked to ensure that scientists publish results favorable to its product. Industry attempts to discredit unfavorable results; meanwhile researchers who produce unfavorable results lose their funding, and their jobs. Read more »
    1 comment(s)

  • Environment & Health Ambassadors Program
    Posted by Natasha Ghent-Rodriguez on September 22, 2010

    PSR is hosting a series of trainings for Environment and Health Ambassadors against toxic chemicals (link to training page) around the country. Participating chapters include Oregon, Boston, Maine, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington. The ambassador program aims to train physician and public health experts to be advocates for federal chemical reform. Read more »

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