States target toxic chemicals as Washington fails to act

By Ronnie Greene

In state capitols from Maine to Oregon, environmental advocates are filing bills to identify and ban noxious chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vermont":

"… ided to go ahead on our own, because we cannot wait for TSCA reform.” …"

"… eople are losing patience,” said Justin Johnson, deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency for Natural Resources. As the Center for Public Integrity reported …"

"… donations, has helped beat back hundreds of state bills in recent years. Vermont’s Johnson is among the state officials who understand the argument that …"

"… act has grown stale. “I’ve been personally to the statehouse here in Vermont for five years in a row. ‘Let’s wait and see what the feds do,’” s …"

California bypasses feds, presses ahead on regulation of toxic chemicals

By Ronnie Greene

The state formally adopts new rules that go well beyond the flimsy federal protection net weakened by decades of D.C. delay.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… ces. The federal Toxic Substances Control Act, passed in 1976, grants the Environmental Protection Agency power to require testing of dangerous compounds. Yet s …"

"… eir ability to protect consumers in their own states. Just last month, the Environmental Council of the States, a non-profit, non-partisan association of state e …"

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 "Environment":

"… to smother toxics reform bills filed in states fed up with logjams at the Environmental Protection Agency. Connecticut is just one snapshot of a larger picture …"

"… rk,” said Steve Lester, science director for the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, a nonprofit headquartered in Falls Church, Va., and founded …"

"… dding of an ACC lobbyist. In Maine, the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, Patricia Aho, was an ACC lobbyist before taking office in 20 …"

"… ildren's Products Are Free of Cadmium An Act To Provide the Department of Environmental Protection with Regulatory Flexibility Regarding the Listing of Priority …"

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 "Toxic Substances Control Act":

"… dlines for the EPA to review chemicals and may do little to improve on the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which many dismiss as ineffective because it makes it difficult t …"

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 "Canadian government":

"… ucts that hold food,” an FDA spokeswoman said in a written statement.The Canadian government didn’t wait for an industry petition. It banned BPA in baby bottles two …"

'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 "Toxic Substances Control Act":

"… standard for inclusion on the list.Steinzor noted, however, that the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act specifically grants the EPA the authority to create a list of troubling co …"

EPA focuses anew on obscure chemicals in consumer products

By Jane Kay

New scrutiny on ingredient of batteries, brake fluid and pharmaceuticals

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steve Owens":

"… ductive and developmental impacts of monoglyme, diglyme and ethylglyme,” Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Polluti …"

EPA agrees to reveal secret identities of potentially risky chemicals

By Chris Hamby

EPA reveals identities of potentially risky chemicals

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… vironmental Protection Agency today made public the names of more than 150 chemicals whose identities in health and safety studies had been kept confidential, …"

"… sclosure offers the public more information about the potential dangers of chemicals used in many consumer products, from stain removers to non-stick materials …"

"… s mission to promote public understanding of the potential risks posed by chemicals in commerce, while protecting the critical information needed by businesse …"

"… on” in studies submitted to the EPA detailing potential effects of toxic chemicals.A 2009 Government Accountability Office report found that about 95 percent …"

More hiring through 'green' chemistry?

By Jim Morris

Study suggests way to revive an industry and create jobs. The industry blames Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Massachusetts":

"… 0 jobs since 1992, concludes the study, authored by two researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and commissioned by the BlueGreen Alliance, a partnership oflabo …"

DuPont penalized for hiding chemical health risks — again

By Kristen Lombardi

When the Environmental Protection Agency settled on Dec. 6 a major enforcement action against DuPont Co., for failing to report possible hea

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… inst DuPont Co., for failing to report possible health risks involving its chemicals, it wasn’t the first time. In 2005, the company also resolved EPA assert …"

"… ailure to report possible health risks associated with a number of unnamed chemicals tested “for possible use as surface protection, masonry protection, wate …"

"… le for promptly informing EPA about risk information associated with their chemicals,” Granta Y. Nakayama, then an assistant administrator for EPA enforcemen …"

EPA toxic chemicals bill likely on hold until after election

By Chris Hamby

The way the Environmental Protection Agency evaluates the risks posed by toxic chemicals is badly in need of an overhaul, but any change wil

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… way the Environmental Protection Agency evaluates the risks posed by toxic chemicals is badly in need of an overhaul, but any change will likely have to wait u …"

"… isk assessments fail to consider the various ways Americans are exposed to chemicals, doesn’t evaluate chemical interactions or cumulative effects, and ignor …"

"… and environmental advocates. The agency is required to evaluate hazardous chemicals under the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act.A recent report by the Nationa …"

"… before trying to regulate it – a burden the agency has met for only five chemicals.Reform advocates want to shift the burden and require industry to prove ch …"

EPA says new rules coming for chemicals in dyes, detergents

By Jim Morris

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it would issue new rules for three chemicals used in dyes, flame retardants, laund

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… Protection Agency announced today that it would issue new rules for three chemicals used in dyes, flame retardants, laundry detergents and other consumer and …"

"… that under a weak federal law they’re being proactive on a lot of toxic chemicals is really commendable.”The federal law to which Dahl was referring is th …"

"… cknowledged that the law limits their ability to regulate more than 80,000 chemicals in use today.“Understandably, the public is turning to government for as …"

"… “Understandably, the public is turning to government for assurances that chemicals that are ubiquitous in our economy, our environment and our bodies have be …"

Expert: New toxic chemicals report “unprecedented”

By Jim Morris

In a new report, the President’s Cancer Panel emphatically reinforced what public health officials and activists have been saying for decade

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… of 1976 (TSCA), widely considered to be ineffective.In coming months, the Center for Public Integrity will publish stories on the deadly effects of chemicals in the workplace a …"