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 "American Chemistry Council":

"… ts to revamp TSCA — from the industry’s $100 million lobbying arm, the American Chemistry Council, to the Environmental Defense Fund, an advocacy group, to the EPA itself. …"

"… ral Resources. As the Center for Public Integrity reported last year, the American Chemistry Council and other industry groups fight nearly every state measure, contending tha …"

"… y had in previous sessions, the Association of Washington Business and the American Chemistry Council pushed back against the flame retardants bill, officially filing oppositio …"

"… of the Department of Environmental Protection is a former lobbyist for the American Chemistry Council. A spokeswoman for the Maine DEP’s director, Patricia Aho, sai …"

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 "American Chemistry Council":

"… act when reliable scientific data indicates that action is needed.” The American Chemistry Council, an industry advocacy group, has opposed hundreds of state bills in recent …"

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 "Sunlight Foundation":

"… tatehouses from New Jersey to Oregon, the Center found by analyzing a Sunlight Foundation database of bills. When the Council of State Governments met for a c …"

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 "Environmental Defense Fund":

"… puty director for legislation. Richard Denison, a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, said the bill could override the requirements of California’s Propositi …"

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 "Environmental Defense Fund":

"… 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 still won’t be …"

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 "chemical industry":

"… ent weighs the risks of many everyday products used by U.S. consumers .The chemical industry’s chief trade association, meanwhile, is urging the EPA to continue cons …"

"… to keep information confidential so competitors won't learn about it. The chemical industry noted that there are “legitimate claims to safeguard intellectual proper …"

"… News, the American Chemistry Council, a trade association representing the chemical industry, said: “We support EPA’s mission to promote public understanding of th …"

"… said.Today’s release of information comes a year after the EPA asked the chemical industry to declassify some information voluntarily, and the agency noted in its an …"

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 chemicals":

"… arguments that a shift to “green” chemistry and stricter regulation of toxic chemicals could revive the U.S. chemical industry, which has been shedding jobs rapi …"

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 "Environmental Defense Fund":

"… 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 in one or both …"

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 "Senate committee":

"… table risks have been eliminated,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson told a Senate committee last December. “But, under existing law, we cannot give that assurance. …"

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 "Toxic Substances Control Act":

"… omes on the heels of legislation in the Senate and the House to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), widely considered to be ineffective.In coming months, the …"