In new battleground over toxic reform, American Chemistry Council targets the states

By Ronnie Greene

The fight between industry and activists over regulation of toxic chemicals has shifted from Washington, D.C., to state venues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minnesota":

"… tatehouse lobbyists to fight bills from Maine to Connecticut, from Iowa to Minnesota, Oregon to Washington State. In the states, the ACC has developed a playb …"

"… reform measures have moved forward — after compromise with industry. In Minnesota, State Sen. Katie Sieben helped sponsor a bill this session that …"

"… ng with industry. One thing that helped was that BPA was already banned in Minnesota in sippy cups, and we were the first state in the nation to do that,” Si …"

Lautenberg chemical bill drawing skepticism

By Sam Pearson

A much-heralded bill to reform chemical safety is stirring concern among some state officials and environmental groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Frank Lautenberg":

"… “significantly better than the status quo,” Denison wrote. …"

'Chemicals of Concern' list still wrapped in OMB red tape

By Jim Morris

The EPA wants to release a list of 'chemicals of concern' for public comment, but the list remains locked up with the White House OMB.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… de the authority that Congress gave EPA.” …"

"… day marked a dubious milestone. It has been three years since the “chemicals of concern” list landed at the White House Office of Management and Budg …"

"… olybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs. The EPA wants to highlight these chemicals because “they may present an unreasonable risk to human health and/or th …"

"… st time for the OMB to conclude its review of the EPA’s proposal to list chemicals of concern,” Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., said in a statement to the C …"

U.S. report urges deeper look into breast cancer's environmental links

By Jim Morris

A new federal report urges enhanced research into potential environmental triggers of breast cancer.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… nding has gone toward examining links between breast cancer and ubiquitous chemicals such as the plastic hardening agent bisphenol A; the herbicide atrazine; a …"

"… es said, “We look forward to reviewing the report.” At least 216 chemicals, including endocrine-disrupting substances like bisphenol A, have been ass …"

"… been associated with mammary gland tumors in animals. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are used to make plastics and pesticides and found in products s …"

"… food cans and cosmetics. “National survey data show that many of these chemicals are present in the blood or urine of children and adults in the United Sta …"

Union demands protection for workers, after breast cancer linked to auto plastics industry

By Jennifer Quinn, Robert Cribb, Julian Sher and Jim Morris

A study linking higher rates of breast cancer for women in the auto plastics industry triggers anger among workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cancer":

"… sector. Sandra Palmaro, the CEO of the Ontario wing of the Ontario Breast Cancer Foundation — a funder of the study — was in Windsor for the presentati …"

Study spotlights high breast cancer risk for plastics workers

By Jim Morris

Researchers cite breast cancer risks in Canadian plastic auto parts factories — with potential implications in the U.S. and beyond.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… These workers may handle an array of carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. They include the hardening agent bisphenol A (BPA) — whose presence in …"

"… ed. “It just seems like we’re fighting the same battle. A lot of these chemicals should be removed from the workplace.”The study population included wome …"

"… Workers in similar plants around the world are exposed to many of the same chemicals. So are members of the public, who encounter the substances — albeit in …"

"… t in lower doses — in the course of their daily lives.“These workplace chemicals are now present in our air, water, food and consumer products,” said one …"

Low doses of some chemicals tied to health effects

By Marla Cone

Scientists see links to infertility, heart disease and other disorders from exposure to small amounts of hormone-altering chemicals

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… fects of atrazine on frogs.The senior author is Pete Myers, the founder of Environmental Health News and chief scientist of Environmental Health Sciences.Linda B …"

"… ete Myers, the founder of Environmental Health News and chief scientist of Environmental Health Sciences.Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of En …"

"… ntal Health Sciences.Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, said the new report is valuable “because it pulls a t …"

"… sity’s Levin Lab Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, told Environmental Health News.But many toxicologists subscribe to “the dose makes the po …"

'Chemicals of concern' list stuck at OMB

By Chris Hamby and Jim Morris

A proposed EPA list of 'chemicals of concern' has been under review by the White House budget office for 638 days

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… e of Management and Budget for review.It’s still there.An attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency to create a “chemicals of concern” list — part o …"

"… ays — have become routine,” Richard Denison, a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, said in a statement.When OIRA does release the list, it st …"

Federal regulators have failed to act on toxic chemical, report says

By Chris Hamby

Regulators have done little to protect the public from BPA, critics say

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… tors have expressed some concern. The Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are conducting research on BPA. The EPA is also in the …"

Industry linked to study supporting safety of plastics chemical BPA

By Susanne Rust

New research supporting safety of chemical BPA linked to industry

New EPA scrutiny for Atrazine reflected in Center’s database complaints

By M.B. Pell and Jim Morris

After years of fielding complaints about the ubiquitous weed-killer and water pollutant atrazine, the Environmental Protection Agency has de

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pesticide":

"… atabase produced by the Center in 2008 as part as of our Perils of the New Pesticides investigation.Last week, an EPA advisory panel began assessing the latest …"

"… f the advisory group are planned for later this year.The Perils of the New Pesticides project includes a tool that allows the public to search 15 years of prev …"

"… teve Owens, assistant administrator over the EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, said in a statement that the agency “will take a …"