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Thursday, May 26, 2016

A safe, effective sunscreen is an important part of a parent’s sun safety toolkit. Combined with protective clothing, hats, sunglasses and plenty of shade, sunscreen – applied liberally and frequently – can help keep kids safe from damaging UV rays.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and picnic season is in full bloom. That means lots of people are fixing fruit salads, readying the spinach dip and putting together sandwiches full of cold cuts. Grilling, too, is in order.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Applying a safe, effective sunscreen to children is one key to protecting them from sun damage. Sunscreen should never be your child’s first line of defense against the sun, of course, and the reality is that some products fall short.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

While the new version of the Toxic Substance Control Act, or TSCA, that is likely headed to President Obama’s desk includes some important improvements, the bill falls short of adequately protecting Americans from exposure to hazardous chemicals.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Drinking water supplies serving more than 5.2 million Americans may be contaminated with two perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, at levels higher than the Environmental Protection Agency now deems safe, according to an EWG analysis of EPA test data.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

For months we've watched to see if the chemical safety bills moving through Congress would be better than current law. It’s a low bar, because the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, or TSCA, is widely considered the least effective environmental law on the books.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Today the Environmental Protection Agency issued a long-awaited drinking water health advisory for the perfluorinated chemicals PFOA and PFOS. But EPA’s advisory falls far short of what’s needed to fully protect public health, and it is not a legally enforceable limit.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Recipes for homemade “green” cleaning products often contain a common ingredient: borax.


Friday, May 13, 2016

The makeup of hydraulic fracturing fluid – the slurry of chemicals, sand and water injected deep underground to free petroleum deposits trapped by bedrock – is a closely guarded secret of the oil and gas industry.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

A healthy diet begins with lots of fruits and vegetables, but some of your family’s favorites may contain startling amounts of harmful pesticides.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Are there cancer-causing chemicals in your cleaning products? You wouldn’t know, because the majority of cleaners don’t fully disclose their ingredients on the label or online.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Right now, you can go online and buy GK Hair Taming System with Juvexin® “Curly” or “Resistant” products. You can do this although these products are only intended for use by salon professionals. Even more troublingly, you can make your purchase even though the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter months ago informing the company that its products are so risky, they’re illegal.


Monday, May 9, 2016

With prom and graduation season right around the corner, teens around the country are turning to indoor tanning salons for the sun-kissed tans they wish for.


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Monday, May 9, 2016

In lab testing, one chemical, we’ll call it “chemical X,” was linked to decreased fertility and changes in the lungs, spleen, stomach, intestines and vagina; and in some cases even death. What chemicals caused these alarming effects? What products are they used in? We don’t know. We may never know.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Using fabric softeners sounds like a no-brainer. These common laundry products promise soft, fresh-smelling clothes, free of static and wrinkles, along with less stretching, fading and pilling. But in-wash fabric softeners and heat-activated dryer sheets pack a powerful combination of chemicals that can harm your health, damage the environment and pollute the air, both inside and outside your home.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Shoppers searching for a mattress want the safest option they can afford. Attracted by labels claiming that products are “eco-friendly,” “natural,” “certified” or “organic,” many are willing to pay more for them. But what do the labels really mean?


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Monday, May 2, 2016

Most people think that manufacturers must prove chemicals safe before they put them on the market. They’re wrong.


Friday, April 29, 2016

The best car won’t run if you don’t put gas in it. Even if Congress modestly improves the federal chemical safety law—and there are lots of reasons to think it won’t—the changes won’t mean much if the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t have enough money to implement them.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Melanoma, characterized by mole-like cancerous growths, is on the rise in the U.S. The most serious form of skin cancer, it’s particularly rising among women and seniors. But what about kids?


Monday, April 25, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency was first alerted 15 years ago to contamination of drinking water by PFOA, a chemical used to make Teflon that has since been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, heart disease and other serious health problems. Since then, PFOA pollution has grown from a regional problem to a national crisis. Yet EPA still has not set a legal limit for the compound in drinking water, even in the face of repeated appeals from state officials and representatives of the public interest community.