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 "Toxic Substances Control Act":

"… nvironmental politicking of Washington, D.C. In 1976, Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act, a federal framework intended to safeguard the public from dangerous chemi …"

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 "Toxic Substances Control Act":

"… al statutes meant to protect consumers from toxic substances. The federal Toxic Substances Control Act, passed in 1976, grants the Environmental Protection Agency power to requi …"

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 "commissioner":

"… rs, the mayor officiated at the wedding of an ACC lobbyist. In Maine, the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, Patricia Aho, was an ACC lo …"

"… in food packaging. Then, in July, Gov. Paul LePage, who appointed Aho as commissioner, vetoed the bill over the objections of protesting parents. D.C. red tape …"

"… ironmental Protection in early 2011; that September, Gov. LePage named her commissioner. Aho has long touted her connection to business. Her official bio&nbs …"

"… blic Integrity, exploring Aho’s dual roles, sought an interview with the commissioner. Aho declined the request, but a spokeswoman said Aho had been an attorney …"

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 "Africa":

"… re going to be significant for plastics workers in Europe, India, China, Africa, the United States. The chemicals will have the same toxic effects. The sa …"

'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 "Bisphenol A":

"… hasn’t released the EPA list, the office has indicated that it includes Bisphenol A, found in many plastic products and believed to interfere with the hormone …"

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 "Toxic Substances Control Act":

"… a new rule for glymes as one of its few weapons authorized by the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. If adopted, it would let the agency restrict new uses of 14 glymes in the …"

"… ys.The EPA uses the “significant new use rule” because the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act doesn’t offer any other remedy for eliminating dangerous chemicals, said …"

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 "Toxic Substances Control Act":

"… ncerns over confidentiality claims fit within larger criticism of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, which critics have long derided as weak and ineffective.  The law do …"

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 "Toxic Substances Control Act":

"… Pollin argue that the U.S. chemical industry is being hindered by the weak Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. Under the law, known as TSCA, the Environmental Protection Agency …"

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 "Toxic Substances Control Act":

"… he environment,” making them subject to reporting requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act.The Center’s November story described how the Obama administration award …"

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 "Environment":

"… s not to say the sky is falling, but we need a better way.” …"

"… ey can get a new Congress, and they’ve pulled out all the stops,” said Environmental Defense Fund scientist Richard Denison. If Democrats lose their majority …"

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 "Environment":

"… one month later so members can campaign ahead of the November election. …"

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 "Boston University":

"… ly underestimated.”Richard Clapp, a professor of environmental health at Boston University, said the significance of the report cannot be overstated. “For the Pres …"