Environmental Health

Committing to Collaboration: How Two Freelancers Pulled Off a Cross-Pacific Partnership

Fukushima / Chernobyl project collaborators Winifred Bird (left) and Jane Braxton Little.
             Photo courtesy of Jane Braxton Little

Freelance Files

By WINIFRED BIRD and JANE BRAXTON LITTLE

Obama's EPA Breaks Pledge To Speed Science on Toxic Chemicals

Since taking office, the Obama administration has vowed to restore science as the basis for health findings on the toxic chemicals in commerce. But politics -- based on strong lobbying and finagling by the chemical industry -- seems to have thwarted the administration's declared intentions. "In the past three years, the EPA has assessed fewer chemicals than ever. Last year, it completed only one assessment. Today, the agency has even embraced measures sought by the chemical industry that have led to endless delays."

Source: Ctr for Public Integrity, 01/23/2015

BPA Alternative Disrupts Normal Brain-Cell Growth, Tied To Hyperactivity: Study

"In a groundbreaking study, researchers have shown why a chemical once thought to be a safe alternative to bisphenol-A, which was abandoned by manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups after a public outcry, might itself be more harmful than BPA."

Source: Wash Post, 01/13/2015

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