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 "Environment":

"… re than gather dust. Among tens of thousands of chemicals in commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency has “only been able to require testing on a little m …"

"… stry’s $100 million lobbying arm, the American Chemistry Council, to the Environmental Defense Fund, an advocacy group, to the EPA itself. Yet three years to …"

"… t’s wait and see what the feds do,’” said Johnson, who serves on the Environmental Council of the States, a nonpartisan association of state leaders. “It …"

"… State Sen. Doug Ericksen, chair of the Washington legislature’s Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee, said the bill as proposed was problema …"

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 "director":

"… the new battleground for a lot of this work,” said Steve Lester, science director for the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, a nonprofit hea …"

"… ngaging in meaningful analysis and informed decision-making,” a DEP director testified in April. Three months later, the governor vetoed it. Aho …"

"… o oust her. LePage’s anger, instead, turned toward the press — not his director, who remains in office. Following the critical reports, Aho dispatched an …"

"… s and a robust economy do not have to conflict.” Beth Ahearn, political director for the Maine Conservation Voters, said Aho had been respected as a lobbyi …"

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 "Dianne Feinstein":

"… ion could have on our laws and regulations.” In a May 31 letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., an official with the agency warned that the bill could imp …"

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 "U.S. Environmental Protection Agency":

"… l as ways to respond to the identification of new, emerging hazards.”The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s record on chemicals — like OSHA’s — is thin.Chemicals found in t …"

'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 "ExxonMobil":

"… rm regulation of toxic chemicals.Big chemical companies seem most worried. ExxonMobil, for instance, argued that two of its chemicals used to make plastics flex …"

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ont,” said Abraham, “will only encourage future violations.” …"

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 "environmental groups":

"… but any change will likely have to wait until after the November election, environmental groups and scientists said.The EPA’s risk assessments fail to consider the vari …"

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 "Toxic Substances Control Act":

"… s really commendable.”The federal law to which Dahl was referring is the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). EPA officials have acknowledged that the law limits their …"

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 "Senate":

"… dented,” Clapp said. The report comes on the heels of legislation in the Senate and the House to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), w …"