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US Environmental Groups Call for Ban on PFAss Chemicals

A coalition of US environmental groups have told Congress that new per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) should be banned and are calling for a halt on continued use of existing ones. The latest push to eliminate and ban the controversial substances came in a meeting of the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, …

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Trump Nominates New Head of EPA’s Chemical Safety Office

Trump Nominates Region 1 Chief to Lead EPA’s Chemical Safety Office   The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Region 1- New England was nominated to lead the agency’s national Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Alexandra Dunn has been EPA’s administrator in New England for almost a year. She is a …

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FDA Issues Statement Supporting the Exemption of Coffee from Prop. 65 Warning Requirements

The U.S FDA has issued a formal Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb that supports exempting coffee from Prop. 65 warning requirements. In June, the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles issued a decision that requires certain ready-to-drink coffee products sold in California to provide compliant Prop. 65 warnings based on the presence of …

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California Legislature Passes Bill that Would Ban Most Flame Retardants in Children’s Products

. California’s legislature has passed a bill that would ban the use of most flame retardants in children’s products, mattresses, and upholstered furniture, over the objection of industry trade groups. The State Assembly voted 52-12 on August 29 to concur with Senate amendments to the measure (AB 2998). The vote sends the bill to Governor Brown’s desk, …

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Democrats Demand Hearing on TSCA Implementation

  All 10 Democratic members of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment wrote to Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Environment Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today renewing a request for the Chairmen to schedule a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century …

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Democrats Demand Hearing on TSCA Implementation

  All 10 Democratic members of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment wrote to Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Environment Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today renewing a request for the Chairmen to schedule a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century …

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Democrats Demand Hearing on TSCA Implementation

  All 10 Democratic members of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment wrote to Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Environment Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today renewing a request for the Chairmen to schedule a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century …

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European Scientists Create Hazardous Plastic Packaging Database

European scientists have reported in that a collaboration of academic scientists in Europe and the US and seven NGOs have worked together to identify the hazardous chemicals that are likely found in plastic packaging. The grant that funded the study was from MAVA Foundation, a charitable organization based in Switzerland.   The collaboration’s outcome is the Chemicals …

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This Australian bee May hold the key to reducing hazardous plastics waste

By Ella Imms Sydney Morning Herald   Humble Bee, a biotech startup company founded in New Zealand, may be on their way to reducing the use of plastics in a major way. How? By reverse-engineering the nesting material of the Australian masked bee. Founder of Humble Bee, Veronica Harwood-Stevenson, began research into this solitary bee’s …

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Communities and Groups Fight to Defend the Chemical Disaster Rule from Rollbacks by EPA

A coalition of community members, the National Environmental, Environmental Justice and Groups of Scientists from across the U.S.A asked Andrew Wheeler, the Acting Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw the agency’s plan to roll back the implementation of the Chemical Disaster Rule. The Obama-era Chemical Disaster Rule was made to reduce …

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