Asbestos, Ubiquitous and Avoidable, Is a Deadly Threat to Our Kids

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 >

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What You Should Know This Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Linda Reinstein,

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.

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The Science Denial is Crystal Clear: The EPA Ignores Scientists on Asbestos

, Research Analyst

We ignore scientists at our peril. Why doesn’t the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) get this?

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As Asbestos Toll Mounts, Trump’s EPA Ignores It

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 >

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The 5 Worst Plays From Industry’s Disinformation Playbook

, Lead science and policy analyst

I have always had a healthy dose of curiosity and skepticism and a desire to hold people accountable for their statements built into my DNA. Usually, these were borne out in letter-writing campaigns. As a child, I sent a series of letters to the Daily News because I believed its campaign of “No More Schmutz!” was falling short after rifling through the pages and still having gray smudges on my fingers. Inky fingers is a far cry from misinformation about the dangers of fossil fuel pollution, but overall, my general pursuit for the truth hasn’t changed. Read more >

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