Forty years later TSCA gets an overhaul

In June, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (TSCA reform, hereafter), a revision to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA. The amended law removes several roadblocks that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faced when trying to determine the safety of chemicals in household products. There are significant improvements and some drawbacks concerning the revisions…

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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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Chemical Watch: US House considers modifying flammability standards in car seats

June 3 2016

Congressman Jared Huffman (D–California) has introduced legislation to revise the federal flammability standard for children’s car seats. This would allow it to be met without added chemical flame retardants. Bill HR 5359 would direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to revise the existing flammability standards to measure a car seat’s smoulder resistance, rather than using an open flame test. The measure would also direct…

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CBS Local: Fire-Suppressing Foam’s Toxic Chemicals Detected In California Groundwater

May 17 2016

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When disaster strikes on a runway, fire suppressing foam can be a lifesaver. For decades, however, there was a hidden danger in the foam itself. The chemical agents in that foam are called fluorinated chemicals.…

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Dr. Oz Show: Are there carcinogens in children’s pajamas?

March 9 2016

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By law, children’s pajamas have to meet flammability standards to keep your kids safe from fires. And, people are asking questions about those standards. What’s in those pajamas to make them flame-resistant? Could there be dangerous chemicals hidden in your children’s sleepwear? And we don’t even know it, in fact the opposite: we’re forcing you to put it in there? Our investigative correspondent, Elisabeth Leamy, took on the case.…

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A Perfect Storm

The phrase “a perfect storm” has gone from wildly popular to wildly unpopular. Detractors say it should be banned due to overuse. But it’s not banned yet. A perfect storm is “a critical or disastrous situation created by a powerful concurrence of factors.” It’s just the “right” factors leading to just the wrong outcome. High rates of exposure to organohalogen flame retardants can be seen as a perfect storm that’s hitting all of us, but especially children.…

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“Remove the Handle” – Calling on the CPSC to Turn Off the Toxic Pump

Kim Harley, PhD, is an environmental epidemiologist at the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, University of California, Berkeley. Through her research, she tracks the sources and causes of disease. She studies how often diseases occur in different groups of people and why, then applies this knowledge to the prevention of further harm, especially to pregnant women and children.…

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