EPA lets two toxic chemicals fall into regulatory ‘black hole’

The EPA has failed to regulate or review two fragrance ingredients considered to be among the most hazardous chemicals in production—and among those Congress directed the agency to address faster than any others.
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California takes a big step toward making polluters pay for their messes

A bill to reform the Department of Toxic Substances Control has been a long time coming, but will Governor Newsom sign?

Future without fluoros: A complete guide

In ski racing, fluorochemicals (also referred to simply as fluoros) are infused into waxes to create a low-friction connection between snow and ski base.

Gretchen Goldman: How safe are children’s products? It might depend on Trump’s next nominee to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

I doubt you spend much time thinking about the CPSC, but the little-known agency plays a crucial role in ensuring that the products in our homes are safe.

This little-known principle has harmed millions of people. What are we doing to change it?

The Kehoe paradigm assumes a lack of risk unless proven otherwise. Here's why that's a problem, and how people are working to find a better way.

Maryland legislature sends flame retardant bill to governor

Maryland's legislature has passed a bill to heavily restrict the use of flame retardant chemicals in children's products, mattresses and upholstered furniture.

EPA bulldog stares down agency watchdog

Ryan Jackson finds himself facing off with EPA's acting inspector general.

Janette Sherman, physician-activist who warned of toxic chemicals, dies at 89

She was an expert witness or consultant in 5,000 workers’ compensation cases.

Kieran Fisher: The real story behind 'Dark Waters'

The new film from Todd Haynes focuses on Robert Bilott, an attorney who took on the goliath chemical company DuPont.

EPA fast tracking chemical reviews amid Trump deregulation push, environmental group reports

New chemicals are getting fast tracked for approval by the EPA, despite bipartisan reforms in 2016 designed to increase scrutiny over chemicals and reduce public health risks, according to a new report.


US Virgin Islands advances bill restricting sunscreen ingredients

The US territory of the Virgin Islands has become the latest beach community to consider a ban on certain sunscreen ingredients over concerns that they pose a risk to coral reefs and other marine life.

PFC coatings can degrade in the sun to form PFOA, study suggests | Chemical Watch

Polyfluoroalkylsilanes are commonly used to treat surfaces to make them oil- or water-resistant.

Is the EPA stifling science on chemical toxicity reports?

Critics say changes to the agency's review process will harm public health.

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How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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