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

February 2, 2017

The family of toxic chemicals that includes the ones behind the closure of the City of Newburgh’s primary water supply and the contamination of private wells in surrounding towns is prevalent in fast-food packaging, according to a new study.…

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TIME: You Asked: Can My Couch Give Me Cancer?

August 24 2016

Cancer is just one of many health concerns linked to the chemical treatments used in furniture. Ask a public health scientist about couches and cancer, and you’re sure to hear about a State of California law enacted back in 1975. That law, called technical bulletin 117, or “TB117”, required furniture manufacturers to treat their products with flame retardant chemicals, mainly to protect against fires started by neglected cigarettes.…

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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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New York Times and Retro Report: A Flame Retardant That Came With Its Own Threat to Health

3 May 2015

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There are over 80,000 chemicals in use today. The story of TRIS, removed from children’s pajamas in the 1970s, illustrates just how hard it is to regulate chemicals, or to even know if they’re safe.…

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Fire Safety Without Harm: California’s Changing Flammability Regulation

Speaker: Arlene Blum, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar, Chemistry, UCB; Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute, Berkeley, CA USA

Event: Silent Spring Institute Lecture

April 9, 2015

CIC Boston
50 Milk Street, Boston, MA

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CBS5 ConsumerWatch: Chemical-free couch foam now available

22 Apr 2014

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Couch owners who want to limit their exposure to flame retardant chemicals now have a new option. The Safer Sofa Foam Exchange is a new program that helps consumers replace the old foam in their sofa and chair cushions with new foam that is chemical free.…

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Chicago Tribune: Surgeon rebuked for flame-retardant falsehoods

13 Mar 2014

In a stern rebuke of a noted surgeon, the state of Washington has issued disciplinary charges against Dr. David Heimbach, who told lawmakers misleading stories about fatally burned babies while testifying in favor of flame retardants. Medical licensing authorities allege that Heimbach, whose activities were exposed in a 2012 Tribune investigation, fabricated testimony, failed to disclose his ties to the chemical industry and falsely presented himself as an unbiased burn expert when he was in fact collecting $240,000 from flame retardant manufacturers.…

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