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CBS Local: California Kids Have Higher Levels Of Flame Retardant Chemicals In Bodies Than East Coasters

July 11 2016

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Just weeks after congress passed a law giving the Environmental Protection Agency more power to ban harmful chemicals; a new study demonstrates just how much chemical regulations can impact the health of our nation’s youth. From couch cushions, to baby products, to kid’s pajamas, chemical flame retardants are widely used in consumer goods. As a result, the average American infant has……

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KPFA Terra Verde Radio: A Sticky Issue: The Toxic Truth About Teflon Pans and Other Nonstick and Waterproof Products

29 April 2016

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Ever wondered if that chemical coating on your nonstick pan was safe for your health? Tune in on Friday, April 29 to learn more about the toxic chemicals present in the nonstick and waterproof products we use everyday. Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Policy Institute and Melanie Benesh, legislative attorney with the Environmental Working Group…

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KALW Your Call Radio: Toxic chemicals lurking in your home

6 April 2016

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From flame retardant furniture to cleaning supplies, our homes harbor countless chemicals. Due to gaps in US regulations, the health and environmental risks of thousands of chemicals remain unknown. What are the risks associated with common household products? How can we reduce toxins in our homes and the environment?…

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The New York Times: Tainted-Water Worries Spread to Vermont Village

March 14 2016

Above the Walloomsac River, where ramshackle farmhouses sit just downhill from tidy homes with organic gardens out back, the old ChemFab plant was, for many, a respected local employer from the days when this village’s prosperity depended on industry. For others, it was an eyesore and a nuisance, its smokestacks choking their homes with an acrid smell that seemed to cause headaches, sore throats and nosebleeds. But since the plant shut down more than a dozen years ago, few had given a thought to its environmental legacy. In recent weeks, however…

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Chemical Watch: Kaiser Permanente: managing chemicals of concern

February 1 2016

Kaiser Permanente has recently committed to phasing out the use of per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in its furnishings, removing flame retardants from furniture and banning 15 antimicrobials from the built environment. Phasing out chemicals of concern, however, is not new to the company. In 2004, it phased out…

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