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Updates on BPA and pthalates

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) send me some updates about bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates last week. With regards to BPA, the ACC said that a new data from Health Canada confirmed the safety level of the chemical in bottled water, baby food and infant formula, and that they are said to be extremely low. “These […]

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Canada plans to ban phthalates

Last week Friday, Canada’s Minister of Health announced their planned proposal to ban phthalates in soft vinyl toys and child-care articles as well as further reduction limits of lead in consumer products. Canada is proposing regulations to prevent the use of six phthalates DEHP, DINP, DBP, BBP, DNOP and DIDP citing studies that suggest these […]

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BPA under fire from new studies

And the bisphenol-A (BPA) cycle of “is it safe or not?” goes on… Severalstudies have again come out mostly from the Endocrine Society and noneof them were pleasing to the BPA manufacturers’ (and consumers’) ears.First stop is during the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting which washeld last week in Washington, DC. The following papers were presented […]

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The challenge of biopesticides

Got the copy of my latest article about biopesticide, with pretty cool (and a little gross) graphic of a venus flytrap. As previously tweeted, I was intrigued by how the biopesticide industry have been struggling in the overall pesticide and crop protection market despite their products having the benefits of being environment- and regulatory-friendly (especially […]

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EPA cancels carbofuran use

Before I delved more deeply into the green regulatory buzzwords of the week CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) and ACES (American Clean Energy and Security Act), let me go to the more simple news such as this cancellation of carbofuran registration by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The blog posted last yearin July about EPA’s […]

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Guides to safe plastics

Plastic manufacturers beware! I’ve been seeing a lot of these “Guides on safe plastics” in the tweeting world… Here’s one from the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. They place HDPE (#2), LDPE (#4) and PP (#5) as safe plastics, while the rest — PET (#1), PVC (#3), PS (#6), and others including polycarbonate (#7), not […]

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Wood or plastic?

The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association put out a press release yesterday about the possible toxic hazards of plastic pallets because they contain the flame retardant deca-bromine. Non-fire retardant plastic pallets, meanwhile, can pose fire hazards according to the group. “We recognize that alternative materials each have their place, and competition breeds innovation and […]

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US anti-chemical campaigns intensify

ICIS News (subscription required) reported on Wednesday about the intensifying anti-chemical attacks from state-legislative and advocacy groups and that according to the American Chemistry Council, it is getting harder for the chemical industry to contest them. Josh Young, ACC director of state affairs spoke at the 2009 Global Chemical Regulations Conference (GlobalChem) that was held […]

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Ethanol update: The good and the bad

THE GOOD NEWS:A new reportfrom the International Energy Agency said that greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions savings from corn ethanol production and use have more thandoubled between 1995 and the projected level in 2015.The reportsaid that GHG reductions have grown from approximately 26% in 1995 toover 39% today while projected GHG reductions from ethanol will reachnearly 55% […]

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Africa’s lions poisoned by pesticide

I was horrified by last week’s CBS’ Sixty Minutes report (see video below) about lions in Kenya being poisoned by cattle herders and ranchers using the insecticide Furadan. Furadan is currently manufactured by US chemical company FMC for crop protection. FMC said it has stopped all Furadan sales in Kenya since May last year but […]

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