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  • 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
    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 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 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
  • January 11, 2010
    What the EPA’s “Chemicals of Concern” Plans Really Mean

    The agency's environmental and health concerns about phthalates, PBDEs and two other chemical types marks a shift in federal policy and is sparking policy changes in advance of anticipated regulations.

    Source: Scientific American
  • January 4, 2010
    Use of potentially harmful chemicals kept secret under law

    Of the 84,000 chemicals in commercial use in the United States -- from flame retardants in furniture to household cleaners -- nearly 20 percent are secret, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, their names and physical properties guarded from consumers and virtually all public officials under a little-known federal provision.

    Source: The Washington Post
  • October 29, 2009
    A chemical we can live without

    An op-ed coauthored by Maye Thompson, RN, environmental health program director for Oregon PSR, on the health risks of bisphenol A.

    Source: The Oregonian
  • October 9, 2009
    Tests reveal nurses and doctors loaded with toxins

    Dr. George Lundgren discusses his participation in PSR's Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care study.

    Source: KARE (Minnesota)
  • October 9, 2009
    Toxic chemicals found in Maine health workers

    Doctors and nurses in 10 states, including Maine, tested positive for at least 24 different toxic chemicals in their blood and other body fluids in a study released Thursday by the national organization Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: Bangor Daily News
  • October 9, 2009
    Health workers tested for chemicals

    A summary of PSR's Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care study.

    Source: New Haven Register (Connecticut)
  • October 8, 2009
    Toxic Chemicals Found in Doctors and Nurses

    PSR in partnership with American Nurses Association (ANA) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) released the “Hazardous Chemicals In Health Care” report today, detailing the first investigation ever of chemicals found in the bodies of health care professionals.

  • October 5, 2009
    Request for Coverage: Toxic Chemicals Found in Doctors and Nurses

    Teleconference to announce results of first-of-a-kind study to measure toxic chemicals used in health care in the bodies of Physicians and Nurses. The study was conducted as part of the PSR Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care Project.

  • September 12, 2009
    Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering

    The NYT launches a major series on the Clean Water Act with a focus on toxic contaminants – lead, nickel and other heavy metals -- in the drinking water of a community near a WV coal mine. But as the article makes clear, worsening pollution in American waters affects thousands of communities nationwide.

    Source: New York Times
  • August 19, 2009
    Mercury Found in Every Fish Tested, Scientists Say

    When government scientists went looking for mercury contamination in fish in 291 streams around the nation, they found it in every fish they tested, the Interior Department said, even in isolated rural waterways.

    Source: New York Times
  • August 19, 2009
    FDA BPA Decision Expected in November

    After much controversy and accusations of alleged negligence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking a very serious look at bisphenol A—BPA—a ubiquitous, estrogenic, chemical best known for its presence in children’s products and water bottles.

    Source: News Inferno
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