Policy

Carcinogen or not a carcinogen? A tale of two WHO Agencies, and the importance of evaluating study quality and human relevance

How is it possible that two World Health Organization (WHO) agencies could evaluate the same chemical’s potential to cause cancer and come to seemingly opposite conclusions? Dr. David Eastmond explored this question in a presentation at the Summer Toxicology Forum meeting comparing the approaches taken by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and […]

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Why NIEHS should publicly endorse EPA’s EDSP program and the WHO/IPCS definition of an EDC

As with the presidential campaign, serious debate on the subject of chemicals that can interact with the human endocrine system is often sidetracked by a tendency by some to engage in the politics of identity, branding anyone with a different perspective to be in industry’s pockets. Such ad hominem attacks are a serious impediment to progress and […]

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The pursuit of quality in risk assessment

The Toxicology Forum is an international organization that encourages dialogue among government agencies, industry, academia, policymakers, and NGOs concerned with public health issues. Following Congress’s recent passage of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, the Toxicology Forum’s summer meeting in Salt Lake City, featured a particularly interesting and timely session on “the pursuit of quality and […]

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NIEHS celebrates 25 years of endocrine disruptor research – we ask, what’s to celebrate?

For the past three decades, the rate of innovation among the world’s leading chemical manufacturers has accelerated at a globally competitive pace. Consumers often reap the benefits of this innovation firsthand: we see a larger number and greater variety of products appearing on store shelves; upgraded products that outperform their predecessors; and new technologies that […]

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On laminated wood flooring products, science shows low risk from formaldehyde exposure

Recent media stories questioning the safety of laminated wood products shipped into the United States from China have caused concerns among homeowners with laminate wood flooring in their homes. But the results of a recent review by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) should put those concerns to rest. The CPSC reports that out of […]

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ACC files comments to inform EPA’s development of rules under the LCSA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is already moving quickly to implement the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA), and here at ACC we have been actively engaged with the Agency in the implementation process. In early August, EPA held a series of public meetings on the LCSA to discuss the first rules the Agency is […]

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Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA): Legislative Summit provides valuable forum to explore new, better way to regulate chemicals in commerce

As a part of their mission to strengthen state governments, the National Council of State Legislators hosted their annual Legislative Summit this week in Chicago. Given the recent federal action around TSCA reform, the summit could not have come at a more opportune time. During the event the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Vice-President of State […]

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Is your mustard jar hiding a chemical secret?

From American hotdogs, to Bavarian pretzels, to Swiss sausages, and to Indian roasted fish, mustard is one of the most popular and widely used condiments in the world. But is this beloved condiment hiding a dark secret? The Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) recently released a surprising new finding: mild mustard commonly […]

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What does the future hold for chemical security regulations?

It’s hard to believe that ten years have gone by since the Department of Homeland Security adopted the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). Not all of those years were easy ones and the program has had its fair share of challenges along the way. As Compliance Division Director David Wulf pointed out to a packed […]

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Live! From #ACCaugust Round 2 – 2016

During the August recess, ACC’s Political Mobilization activities will be in full swing! Once again, we’ll be fanning out across the country to further our industry’s advocacy goals in a grassroots initiative called #ACCaugust. Through plant tours, in-district meetings, and industry roundtable discussions, we will meet with Members of Congress to raise awareness of the vital importance […]

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