As I balance working from home and caring for my toddler, I spend a lot of time staring at the scores of products in my home that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is tasked with keeping safe. That means I also spend a lot of time thinking about the potential for Dr. Nancy Beck—a former American Chemistry Council official–to lead that agency. And let the record show I don’t trust that she would use science to keep us safe. Read more >
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Asbestos is a lesser known, but no less potent, member of the American annual “40,000 Death Club.” And nowhere in America is the disintegration of asbestos as evident as in the nation’s schools. Read more >
September 26, 2019 5:19 PM EDT
Did you know asbestos—the carcinogen that causes mesothelioma—is still in-use and is imported into the country every year? Most people think asbestos went the way of 8-track tapes and brick-sized cell phones, but it’s still legal and lethal in the United States of America, in contrast to the more than 60 countries around the globe that have banned it.
May 8, 2019 4:22 PM EDT
We ignore scientists at our peril. Why doesn’t the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) get this?
June 22, 2018 2:03 PM EDT
Two years ago, President Obama signed a successful bipartisan effort to update the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). It was called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, named for the late New Jersey senator who had long championed it. The new act was intended to give the federal government more power to regulate dangerous chemicals that the chemical industry had previously been able to shield under the cloak of confidential business information and a misplaced priority on minimizing costs to businesses over public health. Obama said those hurdles made it “virtually impossible” for the Environmental Protection Agency “to actually see if those chemicals were harming anybody.” Read more >