Archive: November, 2013

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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ACC, LA Chamber co-host panel discussion on potential to recover energy from California’s waste

If you’re following the growing interest in technologies that convert waste into various forms of energy and fuels, you’ll be interested to know that on November 15, ACC and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion on the economic and environmental benefits of energy recovery. More than 80 business and civic leaders […]

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Regulatory cooperation under T-TIP: Greater efficiency, strong health and environmental protections

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) is a historic opportunity to promote economic growth and job creation, enhance U.S. competitiveness and expand consumer choice. But it’s also a junction through which U.S. and EU regulators can join together to secure efficiencies and enhance their ongoing efforts to protect human health and the environment. Eliminating […]

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House legislation to expedite ‘architecture of abundance’ built on shale gas

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed two bills to ensure Americans retain access to sustainable supplies of affordable and reliable natural gas that have sparked a manufacturing revival while creating tens of thousands of jobs. As House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton put it in an op-ed in July: So, here we […]

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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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Filling in the cracks can save homeowners billions of dollars in energy costs

As temperatures continue to drop and home heating bills around the country make their perennial rise, Americans that have weatherized their homes won’t be allowing as much heat (or money) to escape through the cracks. “Air sealing is one of the most cost-effective energy savings opportunities,” says Paul Francisco, a research engineer at the Illinois […]

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Shale gas multiplier: Benefits abound for plastics makers

The plastics industry will harvest an abundance of economic advantages from robust and inexpensive supplies of shale gas, including a reduced dependence on foreign energy and a manufacturing resurgence in the United States. These were just several of the upbeat messages from speakers at the inaugural SPI/IHS Global Plastics Summit recently held in Chicago. “One […]

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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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