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Lancet Study Warns Against Manganese, DDT, PBDEs

A study published Friday in the journal Lancet Neurology has identified six chemicals or classes of chemicals that the authors say should be considered toxic to children’s brain development, USA Today reports. The six are manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, DDT, tetrachloroethylene (PERC), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). These six join five … Read more »

Companies for Safer Chemicals

Seventh Generation Leads Chemical Reform Coalition

Consumer brands including Seventh Generation, Patagonia and Stonyfield Farm have signed a letter to Congress urging chemical policy reform. The coalition, Companies for Safer Chemicals, says it will make a business argument for reforms that help companies bring safer, cleaner products to the marketplace. The founding members of the coalition, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Obama Climate Czar, Carbon Capture, CDM

White House deputy director for climate Dan Utech has become President Obama’s top energy and climate change advisor, The Hill reports. Utech replaces Heather Zichal, whose last day was Friday. The Department of Energy will invest nearly $84 million in 18 projects to research second-generation technologies for carbon capture from coal-fired power … Read more »

chemical testing

EPA Chemical Assessment ‘Should Take Data-Driven Approach’

The EPA’s draft plan to assess inorganic arsenic risks should take greater advantage of the data that exists on the chemical to reach evidence-based conclusions, says a report from the National Research Council. While the EPA’s draft plan that describes how the agency will assess the potential health effects of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Fed’s Carbon Cost, Farm Bill, TSCA

The White House has sharply increased the internal cost it places on carbon, a move that could significantly affect future decisions on policy decisions from the Keystone XL pipeline to power plant emissions rules to efficiency standards for appliances and industrial equipment, InsideClimate News reports. The administration’s central estimate for … Read more »