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Welcome to PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, where we ask questions -- then we ask the experts to answer them. Join us as physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts share their ideas, inspiration, and analysis about toxic chemicals and environmental health policy.


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Arlene Blum, PhD

Arlene Blum, PhD, biophysical chemist, author, and mountaineer, is a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley's Department of Chemistry and executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute. Her past research contributed to the regulation of two cancer-causing Tris flame retardants in children's sleepwear. The Green Science Policy Institute brings government, industry, scientists, and citizens groups together to protect health by reducing the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products. More information is at


Stopping the Use of Toxic and Unnecessary Flame Retardant Chemicals Will Protect Our Health and Environment, November 4, 2010