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Executive Order can enhance safety by focusing on underlying issues

On April 17, 2013, an ammonium nitrate explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Company storage and distribution facility in West, Texas, eighteen miles north of Waco in rural Texas. Tragically, fifteen people were killed, more than 160 were injured, and more than 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed. Investigators have confirmed that ammonium nitrate was [...]

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Dr. Oz does disservice to family safety by using scare tactics, not science, on show

In the most recent example of misinformation about flame retardants, the “Dr. Oz Show” hosted the producers of the HBO docudrama, “Toxic Hot Seat.” In an earlier blog posting we discussed many of the misleading claims the docudrama makes about flame retardants, but in light of the discussion that took place with Dr. Oz, we [...]

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Why do federal chemical risk assessments need a ‘reality check’? Dr. Michael Honeycutt explains

The federal government manages several programs that are charged with assessing the risk of potential adverse effects of exposures to chemicals. There has been much discussion about the scientific integrity of these programs and their ability to deliver timely and credible results to help guide decision makers. An upcoming panel at the Society for Risk [...]

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2013 Society for Risk Analysis annual meeting to feature formaldehyde symposium

This year’s Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Annual Meeting (Dec. 8-11 in Baltimore) includes a symposium on integrating the science on formaldehyde, in hopes of better understanding the potential for formaldehyde carcinogenicity, as well as providing high quality information to help inform public health (including regulatory) decisions for compounds like formaldehyde that present complex challenges. [...]

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Canadian government says flame retardant not harmful to human health at current levels

The Canadian government recently completed and published its health and environmental assessment of the flame retardant TBBPA, which is included in printed circuit boards and provides a critical layer of fire protection for consumers. The Canadian assessment concludes that TBBPA and two other derivatives based on TBBPA, do not meet any of the criteria for [...]

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U.S. PIRG annual report on toy safety – what’s the main takeaway?

With holiday crunch-time quickly closing in, the last thing parents want is to come home empty-handed for fear that the year’s most popular toys may not be safe for their children. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case in 2012 and it shouldn’t be this year, according to the U.S. PIRG, which has found that toys on today’s [...]

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New York Times columnist and new docudrama mislead public on importance of flame retardants, strong fire safety standards

New York Times reporter Nick Kristof today published a column on the new HBO docudrama “Toxic Hot Seat,” scheduled to air on November 25, 2013. Unfortunately, Kristof and the directors of the docudrama have recycled old and incomplete information that paints a misleading picture about current regulations and the importance of flame retardants to fire [...]

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20 things media, public should keep in mind when assessing scientific results

(Nature) Calls for the closer integration of science in political decision-making have been commonplace for decades. However, there are serious problems in the application of science to policy — from energy to health and environment to education. . . . To this end, we suggest 20 concepts that should be part of the education of [...]

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House zeroes in on TSCA reform “sweet spot” with CSIA hearing

When Jim Jones delivered his keynote remarks at the 2012 Global Chemical Regulations Conference, the acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention said he imagined a “sweet spot” for TSCA reform that would strike a very delicate balance: protecting human health while allowing U.S. manufacturers to continue to deliver the [...]

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Hear their stories: TSCA’s big impact on small business [NEW VIDEOS]

Of all U.S. chemical manufacturers impacted by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 76 percent are small businesses from major metropolitan hubs like Cincinnati, Oh., to smaller towns and cities like Peru, Ill. And because these companies depend on sensible chemical regulations to thrive and succeed, we set out to talk with them about what [...]

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