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A Win for Public Health: EPA Breathes New Life into Long-awaited Formaldehyde Study

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In a memo sent to senior EPA staff yesterday, the Office of Research and Development (currently led by Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta) announced that its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program will resume the risk assessment for the hazardous air pollutant formaldehyde. Read more >

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Senators Must Stop Nancy Beck’s Playbook for Undermining Science

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President Trump has nominated Dr. Nancy Beck for the role of chair and commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an agency charged with “protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death” related to the use of consumer products on the market. The American Chemistry Council representative turned EPA chemicals-focused political appointee, Beck has made headlines for egregious changes to EPA process and policy that have resulted in measures that fail to adequately protect all of us, particularly children. Read more >

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Book Review: The Triumph of Doubt Exposes the Disinformation Playbook in Action

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“The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception” is a no-holds barred page-turner. In story after story, author David Michaels chronicles how major industries use and misuse science and co-opt scientists to manufacture doubt about scientific evidence and put public health at risk. Read more >

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DuPont’s Worst Nightmare: “Dark Waters” Speaks the Truth About PFAS Science

, Senior Analyst

The image accompanying the 2016 New York Times piece, “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” has stuck with me since I first read it. The contrast of a man in a dark suit with darkened eyes and a grave face standing on a West Virginia farm on a wintry day is chilling. Rob Bilott’s expression in that photo captures so much of the PFAS story. It’s the face of a man tired of knowing the truth and not seeing the proportional response to that knowledge from those with the power and responsibility to protect people.

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Science Workshop on PFAS Highlights the Need for Government Action

, Senior Analyst

I spent Thursday and Friday of last week at the National Academies of Science Environmental Health Matters Initiatives (EHMI) workshop, “Identifying Opportunities to Understand, Control, and Prevent Exposure to PFAS” which brought together scientists, community members, NGOs, regulators, and industry representatives to think about some of the challenges and potential solutions related to the PFAS contamination issue plaguing our country. Read more >

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