Chemicals

"Pollutant Is Removed From Water in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., Cuomo Says"

"HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — More than six weeks after declaring an environmental emergency in this upstate village, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made his first visit here on Sunday, announcing that a new filter system had successfully cleared a toxic chemical known as PFOA from the municipal water supply."

Source: NY Times, 03/14/2016

Flame Retardants In Lake Erie Smallmouth Bass Threaten Consumers

"Levels of hazardous flame retardants in most Great Lakes fish are declining – or at least researchers thought they were. But a new study shows that this isn’t the case for Lake Erie smallmouth bass, an important game fish. And the contaminated fish threatens the health of some of those who eat them."

Source: Great Lakes Echo, 03/10/2016

Cosmetics Key In Teens' Exposure to Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

"Using cosmetics and personal care products that don’t contain certain hormone-disrupting ingredients for only three days, women can significantly reduce their exposure to these chemicals, according to a study published today in Environmental Health Perspectives."

Source: Earth Island Journal, 03/08/2016

Chemical Shell Game: How DuPont Concealed Dangers of New Teflon Toxin

Some chemicals that are common in commercial products and processes are known to find their way into the environment and seriously (even fatally) harm human health. Yet current U.S. law makes it hard for EPA to keep companies from using them. Sometimes the chemicals used to replace them are just as bad, but the law does not even require those to be tested. A vast regime of secrecy based on unchallenged claims of "confidential business information" makes the danger to public health worse. Often, not even the EPA employees responsible for protecting people can access information about the toxic chemicals. The chemical reform bills now pending in Congress won't fix the problem.

Source: The Intercept, 03/04/2016

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