Environmental Health

July 20, 2010

Modernizing the NEPA Process in the Context of the Gulf Disaster

At this Environmental Law Institute event, a panel will briefly outline the NEPA processes surrounding approval of drilling for oil in the BP/Deepwater Horizon incident and then discuss the role of so-called "categorical exclusions."

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Health Data Gaps, Suspicions About BP Worry U.S. Panelists at Hearing

"There are 'large gaps' in data now being gathered on the health of the 34,000 workers cleaning up the largest oil spill in U.S. history and growing concern that BP Plc will fail to publicize problems if they arise." Those concerns came up at an Institute of Medicine hearing Tuesday.

Source: Bloomberg, 06/23/2010

NIEHS Director Urges Study of Flame Retardant Threat to Pregnant Women

"The director of the national institute that oversees environmental health research said Monday that a new study raises many important questions about how flame retardants in common household items may pose a threat to the health of pregnant women and their infants."

Source: EHN, 06/22/2010

"Chemical Security Advocates See New Opening to Rework Bush-Era Rules"

Petrochemical companies like BP won a key battle in achieving unpoliced self-regulation early in the Bush administration -- when they got friends in Congress and the White House to shut EPA out of chemical safety and security oversight. As public health advocates point to possible disasters more lethal than the Gulf spill, there may be an opportunity to reverse the federal government's decisions not to protect the public from petrochemical disasters.

Source: Greenwire, 06/17/2010

Ingredients of Dispersants Used on Gulf Spill Are Secrets No More

"U.S. EPA has quietly released a full list of ingredients in the two controversial dispersants BP PLC is using to combat the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, following weeks of complaints from members of Congress and public health advocates that the dispersant manufacturer had kept its complete formula a secret from the public."

Source: NYTimes, 06/10/2010

Manufacturing Plants Are Source of Drugs in Waterways

Wastewater treatment plants can't mitigate the problem, which is compounded by other sources of water contamination, such as drugs that end up in landfills or flushed down toilets, and metabolites or unutilized drugs that pass through people who take the drugs.

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Dispersants Remain a Mystery to Public, Despite Fake "Disclosure"

Dispersant manufacturer Nalco failed to disclose the chemical identity of the ingredients to the news media or public, and ignored a US EPA order to stop using the product in the Gulf.

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June 21, 2010 to June 22, 2010

Chemical Toxicity Testing: The United States and Beyond

In Washington, DC: Day One at the National Press Club, "The Future of Chemical Toxicity Testing in the U.S.: Creating a Roadmap to Implement the NRC’s Vision and Strategy" and Day Two at  Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies, "International Harmonization In Chemical Toxicity Testing: An EU Perspective on the Way Forward".

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