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Connecticut PIRG report warns of dangerous toys
New Haven Register
With the holiday shopping season in gear, a public interest advocacy group is warning consumers about potentially hazardous toys.
The Connecticut Public Interest Research Group discussed its 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report at a press conference recently at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.
Is rubber mulch a safe surface for a child's playground?
According to the EPA, benzene, mercury, styrene-butadiene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and arsenic, among several other chemicals, heavy metals and carcinogens, have been found in tires. Studies have found that crumb rubber can emit gases that can be inhaled. When the material gets hot, it can increase the chances that volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, and chemicals can "off-gas," or leach into the air.
Toiletry chemicals linked to testicular cancer and male infertility cost EU millions
The hormone-mimicking chemicals used routinely in toiletries, cosmetics, medicines, plastics and pesticides cause hundreds of millions of euros of damage to E.U. citizens every year, according to the first estimate of their economic impact.
The endocrine disruptor compounds are thought to be particularly harmful to male reproductive health and can cause testicular cancer, infertility, deformation of the penis and undescended testicles.
Disruptive plastic products rapidly emerging in green building field
By Don Rosato
Green building technology redefines how we make and live in buildings. From a plastics material and processing perspective, we can both reduce a building's energy consumption and simultaneously provide for a building's energy production. These plastic material and process advances "disrupt" an existing market by displacing earlier technology. Let's delve into some emerging green building technologies that involve plastic material and processing aspects.
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Mounting electronic waste poses major threat to environment, health
While the fact that 95.5 million Americans said they would shop on Black Friday is good news for retailers, it is a far less positive figure for the environment. Cheap electronics are one of the biggest draws for shoppers on the day, but these immediate savings hide the ultimate collective cost — old electronics that are improperly disposed of can result in environmental pollution with its attendant health risks, as well as data theft.
What is green chemistry? And why is it important?
With mounting concerns over the state of our planet, it’s becoming critically important that we reduce our environmental footprint. As ever, science is well ahead of the curve in that respect. In fact, scientists have been considering how to reduce waste and hazardous substances for more than 30 years.
Colorado panel keeps lead-based bullets
The Associated Press via The Denver Post
The chorus of voices seeking a ban on lead-based ammunition fell flat in Colorado.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission voted this month not to move forward on a citizen-raised proposal to prohibit lead ammunition for big-game hunting in Colorado.
The commission killed the petition after citing a "lack of credible scientific evidence" as to the long-term impacts of spent lead to wildlife, along with a strong lack of support from the agency itself and concern about potential impacts to hunter participation.
That takeout coffee cup may be messing with your hormones
Most people know that some plastics additives, such as bisphenol A, may be harmful to their health. But an upcoming study in the journal Environmental Health finds that entire classes of plastics — including the type commonly referred to as styrofoam and a type used in many baby products — may wreak havoc on your hormones regardless of what additives are in them.
New Jersey Senate bans 'coal rolling'
The state is trying to prevent diesel-fueled trucks and other vehicles from being retrofitted to allow them to spew more soot, smoke and other pollutants into the air.
By a 76-0 vote, the Senate approved a bill (S-2418) that would prohibit vehicles from installing smokestacks on vehicles to disable their pollution controls, a modification that allows engines to maximize their power while increasing emissions.
EPA rule to restrict uses of some glymes in consumer products cleared by OMB
Chemical Regulation Reporter ® via Bloomberg
The Office of Management and Budget approved on Nov. 26, a final significant new use rule (SNUR) the Environmental Protection Agency plans to issue for certain ethylene glycol ethers, also known as glymes.
The proposed SNUR, which the agency published July 12, 2011, would have restricted the use of 14 glymes in consumer products.
Concern grows in firefighters, others after cancer-causing flame retardants found in test subjects
The Sacramento Bee
A growing body of evidence found an array of flame-retardant chemicals — many which are carcinogenic — in test participants, a potential health concern for firefighters and others exposed to the chemicals.
The most recent study on flame-retardant chemicals, released in October, found the flame-retardant chemical chlorinated Tris in the blood and urine of all but one of the 16 nonsmoking adults tested in the study.
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