Press: Condensed List

The Hill, Hazardous Chemicals and Government Silence — a Dangerous Mix, 26 March, 2020

M Live, Advocates Petition EPA to Regulate PFAS as Hazardous Waste, 17 January, 2020, Bucks-Montco Group Joins Nationwide Petition to Designate PFAS as Hazardous Waste, 16 January, 2020

Bloomberg Environment, Defense Bill Boosts Climate Resilience, Ends PFAS Foam Use, 10 December, 2019

Berkeley Science Review, From Science to Policy: Fighting Forever Chemicals, 12 October, 2019

Got Science? Podcast | Episode 68, Scaling Mountains to Ban Toxic Chemicals in Pajamas, 24 September, 2019

Bloomberg Businessweek, The Woman Who Got Bromine Out of Kids’ Pajamas Fears It’s Coming Back, 27 August, 2019

WebMD Health News, PFAS Chemicals in Food: Expert QA, 8 August, 2019

Environmental Health News, “Forever Chemical” Replacements on the Rise in the Great Lakes, 22 July, 2019

Huffington Post, The Toxic Water Crisis That 2020 Democrats Are Still Figuring Out How To Talk About, 4 June, 2019

TODAY, Cancer is Killing Firefighters: Toxins Found in Burning Materials, 13 May, 2019

Consumer Reports, Should You Be Concerned About PFAS Chemicals?, 8 April, 2019

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Contaminated Groundwater, a Toxic Legacy of Georgia’s Air Bases, 3 January, 2019

CNN, For 10 Years, a Chemical Not EPA Approved Was in Their Drinking Water, 28 November, 2018

Michigan Radio, Your questions about PFAS, answered, 3 October, 2018

E&E News, Deal would allow airports to stop using PFAS-Containing foams, 2 October, 2018

Michigan Radio, Michigan will spend $1.7 million to test for PFAS in public water supplies, 22 May, 2018

Truthout, In Search of Safe Replacements for Harmful Chemicals Used in Everyday Household Objects, 17 May, 2018

ChemicalWatch, US Body Abandons Plans for New Flammability Standard, 24 April, 2018

Toronto Star, Toxic chemical laws are not protecting human health, 2 April 2018.

Ensia, In Search of Safe Replacements for Harmful Chemicals Used in Cookware, Carpets, Clothing, Cosmetics, and More, 26 March 2018.

Circle of Blue, Perfluorinated Chemicals Health Study Included in Congress Budget Deal, 22 March 2018.

Colorado Springs Business Journal, Chemicals most seminal health challenge, 16 February 2018., How to Avoid Harmful Environmental Chemicals or PFAS, 14 February 2018.

Michigan Radio, Residents in Oscoda wonder why state didn’t act on PFAS issues sooner, 18 January 2018.

Michigan Radio, Am I at risk? How do you clean it up? A PFAS expert answers basic questions, 18 January 2018.

Capitol Weekly, The Toxic Chemical ‘whack-a-mole’ game, 9 January 2018.

CBS This Morning, Are toxic chemicals at Air Force bases leading to cancer, low birth weight?, 8 January 2018.

The Guam Daily Post, Feds to fund study of toxic chemicals, 26 November 2017.

89.3 KPCC Public Radio, Defense bill could lead to more regulation of chemicals in some SoCal drinking water, 22 November 2017.

Quartz, The US government is finally acknowledging the flame retardants in your furniture and baby products are not just ineffective, but also dangerous, 10 October 2017.

Chicago Tribune, Federal panel votes to warn public about flame retardants in baby products, furniture, 20 September 2017.

China Dialogue, PFOS: The hidden danger in our homes, 21 August 2017.

Daily Mail, Antibacterial soaps are useless at killing germs and may harm pregnant women, experts warn, 26 June 2017.

Telegraph, Antibacterial soaps may do more harm than good, scientists warn, 25 June 2017.

CTV News, Soap and water as effective as antimicrobial products, says new statement, 22 June 2017.

Forbes, Scientists Call For Tighter Limits On Use Of Ubiquitous Antimicrobial Chemicals, 20 June 2017.

Quartz, A harmful antibacterial the US has banned in hand soap is still allowed in toothpaste, 20 June 2017., Substitute chemicals for cancer-linked PFCs may also be harmful, researchers warn, 22 February 2017.

MedPage Today, Overlooked PFASs: A ‘Major Concern for Society’, 22 February 2017.

The Hans India, Greasepaper packaging contains harmful chemicals, 4 February 2017

Crain’s Chicago Business, Fast-food wrappers may contain dangerous chemicals, study shows, 2 February 2017.

Michigan Radio, Study finds fluorinated chemicals in fast food packaging, 2 February 2017.

Times Herald-Record, Study: Toxic chemicals in Newburgh water, local wells found in fast-food packaging, 2 February 2017.

Bloomberg, Burgers Aren’t the Only Fast-Food Products That Could Harm You, 2 February 2017.

AFP, Non-stick chemicals common in fast food packaging: study, 1 February 2017.

Charleston Gazette-Mail, New study reminds of chemicals in food wrappers, 1 February 2017.

Fusion, Another reason to avoid fast food: Its packaging might contain harmful chemicals, 1 February 2017.

WebMD, Many Fast-Food Containers Have Risky Chemical, 1 February 2017.

CBS SF – KPIX 5, Study: Fast Food Wrappers Contain Cancer-Causing Chemicals, 1 February 2017.

Fair Warning, Ketchup or PFAS With Those Fries?, 1 February 2017.

The Telegraph, Warning: fast food packaging and grease-proof paper contain potentially harmful chemicals, 1 February 2017.

CNN, Report finds chemicals in one-third of fast food packaging, 1 February 2017.

The Verge, Troubling chemicals found in wide range of fast-food wrappers, 1 February 2017.

Huffington Post, Yes, There Are Still Chemicals In Your Fast Food Wrapper, 1 February 2017.

Newswise, Fast Food Packaging Contains Potentially Harmful Chemicals That Can Leach Into Food, 25 January 2017.

TIME, You asked: Can My Couch Give Me Cancer?, 24 August 2016.

PBS NewsHour, What are PFASs, the toxic chemicals being found in drinking water?, 12 August 2016.

TIME, How to find out if your drinking water is safe, 10 August 2016.

CNN, Public water supplies is unsafe for Millions of Americans, 9 August 2016.

NPR, Federal Data Shows Firefighting Chemicals in U.S. Drinking Water, 9 August 2016.

CBS Local SF Bay Area, California Kids Have Higher Levels Of Flame Retardant Chemicals In Bodies Than East Coasters, 11 July 2016.

CNN, Dangerous chemicals hiding in everyday products, 1 July 2016.

Alaska Public Media, How safe are your clothes? Speaker talks about everyday toxics, mountaineering, 27 June 2016.

Chemical Watch, PFCs in drinking water link to human blood levels, 15 June 2016.

Chemical Watch, US House considers modifying flammability standards in car seats, 3 June 2016.

CBS Local SF Bay Area, Fire Suppressing Foam’s Toxic Chemicals Found in California Groundwater, 17 May 2016.

KPFA Terra Verde Radio, A Sticky Issue: The Toxic Truth About Teflon Pans and Other Nonstick and Waterproof Products, 29 April 2016.

KALW Your Call Radio, Toxic chemicals lurking in your home, 6 April 2016.

Goop, What We Need to Know About PFOAs, 31 March 2016.

AJ+, Is Your House Toxic? 25 March 2016.

Science Magazine, Tackling Toxics, 11 March 2016.

Dr. Oz Show, Are there carcinogens in children’s pajamas? 9 March 2016.

Colorado Springs Business Journal, Study: Local water contaminated, 14 January 2016.

Civil Eats, The FDA Just Banned These Chemicals in Food. Are They the Tip of the Iceberg? 6 January 2016

New York Times Magazine, The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare, 6 January 2016

CBS, Popular car seats found to contain flame retardant, 21 December 2015

CNN, Where are dangerous toxins lurking in your home?, 10 June 2015

New York Times, Chemicals in your popcorn?, 4 June 2015

Guardian, Flame retardants may be coming off of your furniture, but they’re still in your TV sets, 19 May 2015

Guardian, Quest to eliminate chemical flame retardants from Californian homes is far from over, experts say, 15 May 2015

New York Times and Retro Report: A flame retardant that came with its own threat to health, 3 May 2015

New York Times, Commonly used chemicals come under new scrutiny, 1 May 2015

Science Insider, Scientists call for limits on emerging class of common, long-lived chemicals, 1 May 2015

Huffington Post, Scientists issue warning over chemicals common in carpets, coats, cookware, 1 May 2015

National Geographic, These chemicals in pizza boxes and carpeting last forever, 1 May 2015

Environmental Science & Technology, My new sofa, 23 April 2015

Harvard Crimson, Scientist discusses health, campus sustainability, 10 April 2015

Michigan Public Radio Environment Report: Furniture makers getting rid of flame retardants in their products, 9 April 2015

Alaska Beyond Magazine, Green trailblazers, 1 April 2015

Reed Magazine, Peak chemist takes Eliot Award, 18 March 2015

Chicago Tribune, Furniture firms shun flame retardants but some toxic couches still for sale, 23 January 2015

SF Gate, Chemicals’ phaseout a “success story” for S.F. Bay wildlife, 28 December 2014

LA Times, How I made it: Arlene Blum, 7 December 2014

Trim Tab, Interview with Arlene Blum, 30 November 2014

Sacramento Bee, Concern grows in firefighters, others after cancer-causing flame retardants found in test subjects, 30 November 2014

Counsel & Heal, Researchers identified flame retardant, TCEP in Americans for the first time, 12 November 2014

Huffington Post, Would you like flame retardants with that couch?, 21 July 2014

Houston Chronicle, Chem-free beds are doctor’s orders, 4 July 2014

SF Chronicle, Program seeks to get harmful chemicals out of furniture, 18 June 2014 GreenSpace, New standard cutting flame-retardant chemicals in furniture, 8 June 2014

Huffington Post, Kaiser Permanente pledges to stop buying flame-retardant furniture, 3 June 2014

SF Chronicle, Hazardous flame retardants ubiquitous in preschools, 15 May 2014

More Magazine, The Fierce List: Sofa, so good, 1 May 2014

CBS5 ConsumerWatch, Chemical-free couch foam now available, 22 April 2014

Health & Environment, The TV fire and flame retardant controversy: deconstructing the data, 24 March 2014

San Jose Mercury News, Berkeley scientist battles toxic sofas to promote public health, 18 March 2014

Chicago Tribune, Surgeon rebuked for flame-retardant falsehoods, 13 March 2014

San Jose Mercury News, California seeks to remove toxic chemicals from consumer goods, 13 March 2014

San Jose Mercury News, Wal-Mart tells suppliers no more harmful chemicals in products, 27 February 2014

Environmental Health News, Banned Scotchgard chemical still contaminating San Francisco seals, 30 January 2014

Scientific American, Do we need flame retardants in electronics?, 28 January 2014

Sacramento Bee, An insider questions so-called science behind toxic flame retardants, 27 January 2014

PBS NewsHour, Calif. law change sparks debate over use of flame retardants in furniture, 1 January 2014

Scientific American, Cancer-linked flame retardants eased out of furniture in 2014, 31 December 2013

The Doctor Oz Show, The toxic flame retardants in your home right now!, 19 December 2013

Huffington Post, New furniture standard to reduce toxic flame retardants, 13 December 2013

Sustainable Industries, The problem with chemical flame retardants, 5 December 2013

LA Times, New furniture standards remove harmful flame retardants, 30 November 2013

New York Times, Danger lurks in that Mickey Mouse couch, 24 November 2013

Chicago Tribune, Toxic flame retardants may be on way out, 22 November 2013

KQED Science, It’s official – Toxic flame retardants no longer required in furniture, 21 November 2013

SF Chronicle, Law may cut use of flame retardants in buildings, 8 October 2013

WTOP, Study finds accumulation of chemical compound from house furniture remains a health threat, 25 September 2013, 6 Ways to Avoid Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals (and why we should!), 1 July 2013

UC Berkeley News Center, Post-Annapurna, blazing trails out of the toxic swamp, 27 June 2013

KQED Science, An Environmental Catch-22: Fire Safety Chemicals in Insulation Pose Risks, 26 June 2013, Why Can’t I Buy a Non-Toxic Sofa?, 14 May 2013

Sierra Club Radio, Is your couch making you sick?, 4 May 2013

KALW Public Radio, Resistance building against flame resistant chemicals, 2 May 2013

CBS5 ConsumerWatch, East Bay Lawmaker Wants Toxics Out Of Insulation, May 2013

CBS5 ConsumerWatch, Health Expert Warns Of Toxic Chemical In California Baby Products, May 2013

SF Chronicle, Scientist’s target: carcinogenic products, 27 April 2013

PBS to the Contrary, Flame retardant danger, 19 April 2013

Washington Post, Flame retardants in consumer products are linked to health and cognitive problems, 15 April 2013

KQED This Week: Is your couch toxic?, 30 March 2013

Berkeleyside, Testing Berkeley homes for hazards: What we found, 5 March 2013

SF Chronicle, Flame retardant-free furniture rare, costly, 22 February 2013

Chicago Tribune, California plan could affect toxic flame retardants in products across U.S., 8 February 2013

SFGate, S.F. ex-firefighter now battles cancer, 5 February 2013

SFGate, Flame retardants may leach from your walls, 4 February 2013

CNN, Safety of Flame Retardants in Question, 25 January 2013

Albany Patch, New Skinner Bill Opposes Flame Retardant in Building Insulation, 16 January 2013

Metropolis, Fire Storm, 27 December 2012

The People’s Pharmacy, 885 Is Your Sofa Toxic?, 22 December 2012

NBC Nightly News, Study: Sofas may contain harmful chemicals, 9 December 2012

KQED Forum, Flame retardants spark health concerns, 5 December 2012

CBC Marketplace, Burned – flame retardants under investigation, 30 November 2012

Scientific American blog, The environmental fallout of greener buildings, 28 November 2012

Scientific American blog,Worse Than Bedbugs, It’s the Couch Itself, 28 November 2012

Scientific American blog,The Environmental Fallout of Greener Buildings, 28 November 2012

Huffington Post, New Flame Retardants, Other Replacement Chemicals, Pose Same Problems As Predecessors, 28 November 2012

San Francisco Chronicle, Chemicals in furniture hard to avoid, 28 November 2012

USA Today, Many couches contain potentially toxic flame retardants, 28 November 2012

Scientific American blog, Fire Safety Buzzkill, 28 Nov 2012

KQED Science, Flame Retardants, Redux: From Toxic Couches to Buildings, 28 November 2012

California Watch, More couches contain chemicals tied to cancer risk, 28 November 2012

Durability + Design, Study Pans Insulation Flame Retardants, 28 November 2012

Chicago Tribune, Dangerous for kids’ pajamas, safe for sofas?, 27 November 2012

edc, Study: Health and Environmental Risk in Building Insulation, 26 November 2012

ScienceDaily, Health and Environmental Risk in Flame Retardants in Building Insulation, 23 November 2012

SF Chronicle, Chemicals in furniture target of Calif. lawmakers, 14 November 2012

The Diane Rehm Show, Debate over flame retardant chemicals in furniture, 20 September 2012

PR Watch, Citizens for Fire Safety” Smoked Out: Front Group Folds After Exposé, 10 September 2012

New York Times magazine, How dangerous is your couch? 9 September 2012

HuffingtonPost, Can Governor Brown Snuff Out Flame Retardants? , 20 June 2012

CBS5 ConsumerWatch, Berkeley scientist fights furniture flame retardants, 19 June 2012

Chicago Tribune, Coverage of Governer Brown’s June 18, 2012 announcement, 19 June 2012

Capital Public Radio, Governor Brown Asks Regulators To Revise Flammability Standards, 18 June 2012

New York Times, Are you safe on that sofa?, 19 May 2012

Chicago Tribune, Playing with fire investigative series, 12 May 2012

NPR Morning Edition, Fight Over Flame Retardants In Furniture Heats Up, 23 May 2012

Rock and Ice, Beautiful minds: Blum, Reichardt, Kendall, Molenaar in Mountaineering Hall of Fame, 11 April 2012 (Archived version: first page only)

KGO-TV/DT, Controversial fire retardant rules may soon change in Calif., 09 April 2012

Examiner, Vision-maker, activist Arlene Blum inducted in Hall of Mountaineering Excellence, 06 April 2012

Quest, The Political Firestorm Inside Your Sofa, 06 April 2012

Boulder Weekly, Of mountains and molecules: Taking on industry in the name of safety, 05 April 2012

Environmental Health News, Burning irony: flame retardants might create deadlier fires, 4 April 2012

Harvard School of Public Health, Questioning the Safety and Necessity of Flame Retardants, 27 March 2012

Berkeleyside, Snapshot: Arlene Blum, scientist, author, climber, activist, 06 March 2012

Capitol Weekly, Opinion: Sitting Safely and Comfortably in California, Op-ed, 05 May 2011 (Archived version)

The Sacramento Bee, Flame Retardants are the Asbestos of our Time, Op-ed, 28 Apr 2011 (Archived version)

The Washington Post, Concern grows over use of flame retardant HBCD, 04 Mar 2011

Healthy Building News, Igniting the Debate on Flame Retardants: Q&A with Arlene Blum, 10 Nov 2010, Seeing Risks Exceed Benefits, Scientists Seek Limits On Flame Retardants, 28 Oct 2010

Health Day, Scientists Raise Concerns About Flame Retardants, 28 Oct 2010, Study Finds Flame Retardants’ Health Risks May Outweigh Safety Benefits, 26 Oct 2010, EPA Finds Widespread Domestic Exposure To Flame Retardant Chemicals, 25 May 2010

NY Times, Working It Out Through Walking, 14 May 2010

Rodale, Flame-Retardant Chemicals Create Unhealthy Homes, 17 Mar 2010

Rodale, Flame Retardant Furniture: Unhealthy, and Doesn’t Stop Fires, 11 Mar 2010

Rodale, Kick Cancer-Causing Chemicals Off Your Couch, 11 Mar 2010

Wall Street Journal, Taking on Mountains — and Toxic Chemicals, 14 November 2009

Berkeley eGrad, More honors for Chemistry’s high-climbing Arlene Blum, May 2009

Oakland Tribune, First U.S. woman to attempt Everest faces challenge with toxins research, 12 January 2009.

Purpose Prize Video, 2008

Chemical & Engineering News, Biochemist, world-class mountaineer rallies for policy work on flame retardants, December 2008

UC Berkeley Catalyst, Down from the mountains, down from the ivory tower, Fall 2007.