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  • April 26, 2010
    How Bad Is It? Toxin Hunt OK'd in KC (Audio)

    Ann Suellentrop of Kansas City PSR discusses the toxic waste at a former nuclear weapon parts plant in Missouri, which the EPA has now agreed to investigate.

    Source: KCUR
  • April 26, 2010
    EPA to reconsider superfund designation for Bannister site

    The EPA will reconsider the status of a former nuclear weapon parts plant in Missouri, after pressure from PSR and Sierra Club to put the site on the Superfund National Priorities List.

    Source: Kansas City Star
  • April 21, 2010
    PSR Supports Newly Introduced Safe Chemicals Act, Seeks Improvement before Enactment

    Physicians for Social Responsibility supports the “Safe Chemicals Act of 2010,” introduced last week by Senator Lautenberg and Congressmen Waxman and Rush. The long-awaited, landmark legislation would overhaul the way the federal government protects the public from toxic chemicals.

  • April 21, 2010
    Former Bannister workers and families tell of deadly diseases

    PSR and Sierra Club are urging the EPA to investigate pollution from a former nuclear weapon parts plant in Missouri.

    Source: Kansas City Star
  • April 16, 2010
    Lawmakers Seek to Move Quickly on New Toxics Bill, but Challenges Remain

    House and Senate Democrats yesterday unveiled landmark chemical policy reforms they are pushing to get passed this year, but that is no sure thing thanks to a dwindling legislative calendar and some key sticking points.

    Source: The New York Times
  • April 15, 2010
    Sen. Lautenberg Introduces Chemicals Reform Bill, Saying Current Regulation 'Is Broken'

    U.S. EPA would be given broad new authorities to target chemicals of concern and to regulate new and existing chemicals under legislation introduced today by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).

    Source: The New York Times
  • April 1, 2010
    The Perils of Plastic

    Chemicals in plastics and other products seem harmless, but mounting evidence links them to health problems -- and Washington lacks the power to protect us.

    Source: Time
  • March 17, 2010
    Coal's Toxic Sludge

    It's deadly, it’s America's second-biggest river of industrial waste, and it’s barely regulated. Read Jeff Goodell, noted author of Big Coal, on coal ash.

    Source: Rolling Stone
  • March 15, 2010
    PSR calls on OMB to release Proposed EPA rule on coal ash

    PSR met recently with the Office of Management and Budget to urge it to review and release a proposed EPA rule that would tighten up the handling of toxic coal ash.

  • March 2, 2010
    And the winner for most toxic chemical is...

    PSR Los Angeles Executive Director Martha Dina Arguello discusses the Toxies, an award ceremony for the most toxic chemicals to bring awareness to the public health dangers they pose.

    Source: Los Angeles Times
  • March 1, 2010
    W.K. Kellogg Foundation Awards $380,000 to Physicians for Social Responsibility

    PSR has been awarded a one year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to launch the Safe and Healthy Children Initiative; a pilot project which will address pediatric environmental health in migrant and seasonal farmworker children.

  • February 26, 2010
    Toxic towns: People of Mossville 'are like an experiment'

    For decades, Mossville residents have complained about health problems. Many in this predominantly African-American community in southwest Louisiana suspect the 14 chemical plants nearby have played a role in the cancer and other diseases they say have ravaged the area.

    Source: CNN
  • February 25, 2010
    Chemicals: Innocent or Guilty?

    CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why a 1976 toxic chemical law may be putting Americans at risk.

    Source: CNN
  • February 25, 2010
    Do toxins cause autism?

    Autism and other development disorders constitute a huge national health burden, and suspicions are growing that one culprit may be chemicals in the environment, writes Nicholas Kristof today in The New York Times.

    Source: The New York Times
  • February 16, 2010
    Human Testing at Heart of Debate Over U.S. Toxics Law

    Scientific advances that have made it possible to detect the tiniest traces of chemicals in the human body and the environment are shaping efforts to modernize U.S. chemical policies and regulations.

    Source: The New York Times
  • January 29, 2010
    Safe Baby Bottle Bill Passes Washington State Senate

    SB 6248 passes out of Washington State Senate - BUT - sports water bottles are not included!

  • January 27, 2010
    Bite Taken out of Chemical Secrecy

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Jan. 21 a new practice that will prevent chemical manufacturers from hiding the identities of chemicals that have been found to pose a significant risk to environmental or public health. The policy is a small step to increase the transparency of the nation's chemical laws.

    Source: OMB Watch
  • January 21, 2010
    CA could save $700 million in health care costs by reducing chemical exposure

    PSR Los Angeles Executive Director Martha Arguello discusses the health care costs of toxic chemicals.

    Source: YubaNet
  • January 15, 2010
    F.D.A. Concerned About Substance in Food Packaging

    In a shift of position, the Food and Drug Administration is expressing concerns about possible health risks from bisphenol-A, or BPA, a widely used component of plastic bottles and food packaging that it declared safe in 2008.

    Source: The New York Times
  • January 12, 2010
    Push is on to improve U.S. chemical safety laws

    In November, researchers released a startling finding: In pregnant women, a study found that developing babies are being exposed to toxic chemicals from consumer products even before they take their first breaths. The finding is yet another confirmation that U.S. chemical safety laws are failing to safeguard health.

    Source: The Nation’s Health, American Public Health Association
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