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Scientists Back Creation of an International Body to Oversee Chemicals and Waste

February 25, 2021 | Chemistry World

Climate change has the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and biodiversity has the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES), but no comparable body exists to oversee the environmental impact of waste and chemicals.

How Toxic is Foam Insulation?

February 24, 2021 | Cosmos Magazine

Production of PolyFR, a flame retardant for foam building insulation, has ballooned out to 26,000 tonnes each year with little attention to its health and ecological impacts.

'Eco-friendly' Foam May Pose Environmental, Human Health Risks

February 23, 2021 | UPI

The polymeric flame retardant PolyFR was developed as an "eco-friendly" substitute for more problematic flame retardants, but a new paper suggests the compound, commonly used in foam plastic building insulation, could be more harmful than anticipated.

Solvay Impedes Research Into Unknown PFAS by Threatening Testing Lab With Legal Action

February 10, 2021 | Consumer Reports

A Canadian laboratory can no longer sell a crucial product that independent researchers rely upon to test and analyze whether a particular PFAS chemical is present in soil or water, after the manufacturer of the chemical threatened the lab with legal action.

Environmentalists Praise EPA Decision To Freeze Trump PFAS Proposal

February 10, 2021 | InsideEPA

Environmentalists are hailing EPA’s decision to freeze and review an 11th-hour proposal by the Trump EPA that dropped a prior commitment to designate two PFAS as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law.

The Harmful Chemical Lurking in Your Children’s Toys

November 23, 2020 | New York Times

This article describes our Executive Director's work to remove Tris from children’s pajamas in the 1970s and our Institute’s current work to stop the use of toxic flame retardants.

Op-ed: PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ are Widespread and Threaten Human Health- Here’s a Strategy for Protecting the Public

October 9, 2020 | The Conversation

Our Senior Science and Policy Associate Carol Kwiatkowski explains why "the happy accident of Teflon’s discovery was, in fact, a train wreck."

Why Dangerous 'Forever Chemicals' Are Still Allowed in America's Drinking Water

September 24, 2020 | Consumer Reports

The federal government still hasn't set limits for PFAS compounds. Here's how to protect yourself.

These Everyday Toxins May Be Hurting Pregnant Women and Their Babies

September 23, 2020 | New York Times

Scientists are worried about how PFAS affect the rapidly developing bodies of children in the womb, and soon after birth.

New Research Confirms Presence of Toxic “Forever Chemicals” in Scores of NC Water Supplies

July 1, 2020 | NC Policy Watch

Water supplies for at least 150 public utilities in North Carolina contained some level of PFAS, underscoring our call to manage PFAS as a class.

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