Environmental Health

Enviros Call For Stronger EPA Action On Falsified Chemical Assessments

"Six environmental organizations on Tuesday called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take more aggressive action in response to reports that an agency office manipulated assessments of chemical safety."

Source: The Hill, 12/16/2021

"A Key Tool for Cleaning Up Oil Spills Is More Hazardous Than Helpful"

"In the decade since the record-breaking use of oil dispersants in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response, science shows they’re dangerous, potentially deadly, and rarely useful. A new court case is forcing the US EPA to reconsider their use."

Source: Hakai, 12/15/2021

"Manchin Huddle With Biden Fails To Break Impasse"

"Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is ramping up the pressure to finish his party’s climate and social spending bill by Christmas, but it looks like an increasingly difficult task given continued concerns from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and the lengthy process of clearing the legislation with the Senate parliamentarian."

Source: E&E News, 12/15/2021

"EPA Stops Posting ‘Critically Important’ Data on Chemical Risks"

"The EPA has all but stopped posting online data about new types of problems commercial chemicals may cause, frustrating public interest groups and businesses that use the information to make health and safety decisions."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 12/13/2021

Industry Knew Health Risks Of Leaded Gas But Sold It For 100 Years Anyway

"On the frosty morning of Dec. 9, 1921, in Dayton, Ohio, researchers at a General Motors lab poured a new fuel blend into one of their test engines. Immediately, the engine began running more quietly and putting out more power."

Source: The Conversation, 12/10/2021

"Biden ‘Forever Chemicals’ Ban Targets Cookware, Carpet, Couches"

"The White House’s ban on federal purchasing of PFAS-containing products will focus on cookware, carpets and couches, according to the Office of Management and Budget’s memo implementing President Biden’s sustainability executive order."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 12/10/2021

The World Is Dangerously Unprepared For The Next Pandemic: Report

"Nearly two years into a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 5 million people, every country, including the United States, remains dangerously unprepared to respond to future epidemic and pandemic threats, according to a report released Wednesday assessing the efforts of 195 countries."

Source: Washington Post, 12/09/2021


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