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New York buzz on BPA

Several New York news are recently buzzing about bisphenol-A (BPA) in polycarbonate baby bottles as Senator Charles Schumer (along with Senator Dianne Feinstein of Calif. and Rep. Edward Markey of Mass.) led a nationwide proposal to ban the plastic bottles. Early March, New York’s Suffolk county legislators voted to ban the plastic in baby bottles […]

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Chinese drywall in the spotlight

Another bad mark for Chinese-made products is this news I came across a few weeks ago about toxic Chinese-made dry wall. According to advocacy group America’s Watchdog, toxic imported Chinese dry wall are being discovered all over the state of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and New Orleans. Some of the signs that a house (especially […]

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Think about the children!

You’ve read about the ruckus that the recently-enforced Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is causing to small business retailers and libraries.Here’s a commentary from my colleague Ivan Lerner about the foolishness of this law and its effects on our cultural heritage. This was published on March 9 Endpoint issue of ICIS Chemical Business. Lead, […]

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What’s inside SC Johnson?

Now you will know what SC Johnson is using in their air care and home cleaning products such as Windex®, Pledge®, Glade®, and Scrubbing Bubbles® (among others) as the company pledged (Lol! no pun intended) to list all of their ingredients including dyes, preservatives and fragrances on product labels. This is above and beyond what […]

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Lawsuit on coal ash spill

I have so many news on draft that it might take a while to post all of them so for those who sent me their press releases and interesting stories, please bear with me. For now, here is an interesting update on the coal ash spill in Tennessee, which happened on December 22, 2008. A […]

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BP pays $180m for clean air violations

The US Department of Justice has fined BP Products North America almost $180 million for violating EPA’s Clean Air Act regulations at its Texas City, Texas refinery. BP agreed to the settlement and will spend more than $161m on pollution controls, enhanced maintenance and monitoring and improved management practices on its petroleum refining operations. EPA […]

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E-waste dumping in Nigeria

Here’s another interesting development from our Greenpeace friends in the UK. According to the group, a 3-year investigation from their researchers found that certain electronic wastes (such as an unfixable TV with a tracking device) are illegally dumped to Nigeria instead of supposedly being recycled to (in this case) the Hampshire County Council. Greenpeace said […]

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Are you eating mercury?

The group Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) reported that nearly one-third of 55 popular brand name food and beverage products such as Quaker, Hershey’s, Krafts and Smuckers, are said to contain traces of mercury. IATP said this is because of mercury-contaminated high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) found in most of these products. On […]

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Perfluorinated chems may reduce fertility

Thanks to my colleague Lara McNamee for sharing this article about a study on perfluorinated chemicals and their effects on women’s fertility. According to research scientists from University of California’s Department of Epidemiology, exposure to perfluorinated chemicals such as PFOA (perfluorooctanoate) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) – which are widely used in many consumer products and […]

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DuPont’s PFOA progress

I have not realized how vital the use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is in many products. Which is why it is probably taking DuPont and probably other PFOA producers and consumers years to develop an alternative chemical. The company’s goal is to no longer produce, buy or use PFOA by 2015 or earlier if possible. […]

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