Environment

Six Classes Virtual Retreat
May 2020

May 4-6, 2020

Decision-makers from business, academia, government, and the nonprofit sector came together to develop creative ideas to reduce the use of classes of chemicals of concern. Collaborations from prior retreats have helped advance initiatives towards sustainable chemistry, peer-reviewed research and policies to protect public and environmental health.…

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Hazardous Chemicals and Government Silence — a Dangerous Mix

March 26, 2020

Imagine this: More than six million Americans have drinking water that is poisoned by a group of closely related chemicals. Some of the chemicals are known to cause liver and thyroid disease, immune system suppression, high cholesterol and cancer; others are the subject of suspicion and ongoing research.…

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The Flame Retardant & PFAS Dilemma 2020

February 7, 2020

This symposium brought together contributors from academia, industry, government, and NGOs to share information on the science and policy of harmful chemicals used in consumer products and building materials. Topics included flame retardants, PFAS, and other chemical classes of concern.…

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Advocates Petition EPA to Regulate PFAS as Hazardous Waste

January 17, 2020

Community advocates in several states have jointly petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate hundreds of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, as hazardous waste under a law that would empower federal regulators to initiate cleanups.…

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From Science to Policy: Fighting Forever Chemicals

October 12, 2019

While working on his dissertation at the UC Berkeley School of Environmental Engineering, Tom Bruton had high hopes for developing a groundbreaking technology to break down toxic chemicals in groundwater. But in 2017, after years of painstaking development, his method proved less than effective.…

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