From the Wall Street Journal
Three decades after leading a charge against the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products, Arlene Blum is back in the fight.
In the 1970s – between heading the first all-woman expedition to the summit of Alaska’s Mount McKinley and working as an assistant professor of chemistry – Dr. Blum became an accidental environmental activist. After she published papers in Science magazine detailing the dangers of brominated and chlorinated Tris, two carcinogenic chemicals used as fire retardants, her research helped persuade federal regulators to ban the use of Tris in children’s sleepwear.
She took a 26-year break from her scientific research to scale mountain peaks around the world, pursue a successful career as a lecturer, motivational speaker and author, and raise a daughter. But in 2006, with her daughter off to college and Dr. Blum having just completed her memoir—a book she had been working on for decades—she found herself back on Tris’s trail…
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