Chemical Safety

Avoiding Chemical Disasters, Managing Risks: EPA Addresses Chemical Safety

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

In response to the 2013 West, Texas disaster that killed 15 people, injured 200 more, and impacted thousands in the community, President Barack Obama asked the federal government to modernize its chemical safety rules. Nearly three years later, the Environmental Protection Agency has finally proposed changes to the Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule. Read more >

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A Good Chemical Safety Law Depends on Us

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

It has been three years since the Senate first considered a bipartisan effort to reform the very flawed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Last year, both the House and Senate approved bills to improve TSCA. Neither bill was satisfactory. Both bills, as we pointed out in a recent op-ed, had significant flaws. Read more >

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Manufactured Chemicals Are Scary: How Much Do You Know?

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

There are more than 80,000 chemicals currently in production in the United States. At my desk as I write this, there are chemicals in the chair I am sitting in, the carpets on the floor, the cleaners used for the room, paint, products on the desk, the container for my lunch, and on and on. Read more >

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Shockingly, Americans Don’t Want Chemical Disasters

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Today, a new public poll was released showing Americans’ widespread support for chemical safety reform. The headline might not seem so remarkable but the data show an impressive level of support across demographics. Let’s dig in, shall we? Read more >

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Community-based Participatory Science is Changing the Way Research Happens—and What Happens Next

Judy Robinson, , UCS

When I started working in environmental health the general rule was “the dose makes the poison.” But then new breakthroughs in endocrine disrupting chemicals turned that theory on its ear, showing how some low-dose effects can be more severe than doses at higher levels. Read more >

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