June 2019: Highly Timely

I’m just back from fruitful East Coast meetings. Tom Bruton and I, along with attorney Rob Bilott and North Carolina scientist Detlef Knappe, led briefings and had meetings in the House and Senate where numerous bills are in play to reduce harm from PFAS. …

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The Toxic Water Crisis That 2020 Democrats Are Still Figuring Out How To Talk About

June 4, 2019

“As people discover contamination of their drinking water, they become very concerned and would support those who want to solve the problems,” said Arlene Blum, executive director of the California-based Green Science Policy Institute. “The question is, will people vote because of PFAS?”…

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History Highlight: When Superheroes Fought Toxics

The Avengers franchise has stolen the superhero spotlight lately, but not long ago, heroes wore lab coats, not capes. And though it sounds like a comic book weapon, mutagen X was a very real toxic chemical villain. The story of mutagen X—how it was discovered and how it was vanquished—demonstrates the important role of fundamental science in a healthier world. …

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Cancer is Killing Firefighters: Toxics Found in Burning Materials

April 8, 2019

Cancer is now responsible for more than 60% of job-related deaths among firefighters in the U.S. Now, fire departments across the nation are looking for ways to make one of the country’s riskiest occupations safer. …

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Should You Be Concerned About PFAS Chemicals?

April 8, 2019

A group of substances known as PFAS chemicals are behind a variety of everyday conveniences that make our lives a little bit easier.

They line pizza boxes and fast-food packaging so grease doesn’t seep through, form the nonstick coating on many pans, make fabrics and carpets stain-resistant, and help outdoor gear and clothing repel water.…

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Bigger Not Always Better for Toxic Chemicals: Study finds “Green” Flame Retardant Breaks Down into Possibly Harmful Products

January 9, 2019

It’s not easy being green. Kermit the Frog probably didn’t have chemistry in mind when he sang that line, but according to researchers from Germany, the phrase rings true for a purportedly “green” flame retardant. Many everyday products contain flame retardant chemicals which are often found to be toxic to humans and ecosystems. A new peer-reviewed study published today in Environmental Science & Technology, found that heat and ultraviolet light can break down a flame retardant marketed as eco-friendly into smaller, potentially harmful chemicals.…

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