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Auto Industry Initiative to Reduce Toxic Runoff

The EPA, the automotive industry and states have signed an agreement to reduce the use of copper and other materials in motor vehicle brake pads. The Copper-Free Brake Initiative calls for cutting copper in brake pads to less than 5 percent by 2021 and 0.5 percent by 2025. This voluntary … Read more »

Hazardous Chemicals Found in Halloween Supplies

Target, Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Party City and Walgreens are among the retailers whose Halloween costumes and party supplies contain hazardous chemicals, according to a study by the Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org project. The project tested 106 Halloween related products, including costumes, accessories, decorations and party favors, and found chemicals that are … Read more »

NZ Research Finds Way to Detect Cadmium in Soil

Researchers from New Zealand has found a way to predict levels of cadmium – a potential threat to human health – in soil. The team from New Zealand’s Lincoln University, published Cadmium Concentrations in New Zealand Pastures: Relationships to Soil and Climate Variables in the Mar. 21, 2014 edition of the Journal of Environmental … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Plumbing/Heating Pilot, Substances of Very High Concern

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada have launched pilot projects to facilitate the development of joint Canada-US standards to serve public health and safety objectives in the plumbing/heating and electrotechnical sectors. The pilots will focus on emerging product areas where neither standards nor regulations currently … Read more »

Under Fire, EPA Withdraws Cadmium Rule

The EPA has withdrawn a controversial rule governing the reporting of cadmium and cadmium compounds, admitting the regulation had caused serious confusion and uncertainty. In an email dated December 14, the agency withdrew the rule it issued under section 8(d) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, saying, “There is significant … Read more »