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Experts rally round EDC book aimed at general public
Experts in academia have come out in support of a new book on endocrine disrupting chemicals criticised by industry, praising the research underpinning it.

In Sicker, fatter, poorer: The urgent threat of hormone-disrupting chemicals to our health and future ... and what we can do about it, US scientist Leonardo Trasande, an associate professor at NYU Langone Health, "exposes the chemicals that disrupt our hormonal systems and damage our health in irreparable ways", according to a statement on the publisher’s website.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC), however, was quick to criticise the book. In a statement issued five days before its 8 January release, the industry group attacked the research behind the work for "lacking in scientific quality".

Now, though, a number of leading scientists in the field have leaped to its defence.

"It is an exceptionally well-researched book, that provides both breadth and depth for the reader," said Laura Vandenberg, associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "The citation list is an amazing collection of research that should be read by students, regulators and decision makers."
us_MA  public  discovery  environmental 
23 hours ago by dchas
Here are the health hazards associated with paper receipts
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 2:11 PM - A new bill in California hopes to phase out  paper receipts due to their environmental impact as well as the little-known health concerns associated with them.

In addition to being non-recyclable, most receipts are coated with Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS).

BPA, an industrial chemical used to make plastics and resins, can be found in several products, including those that are used for human consumption -- but several manufacturers have cut back or limited its use following studies that link chemical exposure to adverse health affects.
us_CA  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
23 hours ago by dchas
Echa pins down causes of poorly functioning eSDSs
Ambiguous requirements for exposure scenarios in safety data sheets and lack of harmonised methods to adjust them to the needs of all users, are to blame for poor safety communication along chemical supply chains, Echa has said.

Exposure scenarios circulated through extended safety data sheets (eSDS) under REACH aim to ensure safe handling and adequate control of risks through the whole lifecycle of substances, not just those related to direct customers of the supplier.

But addressing the needs of all recipients in the supply chain and securing efficient information flow through a complex market has been challenging, Echa said in a report submitted to the meeting of the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (Caracal) in November.
Europe  public  discovery  environmental 
2 days ago by dchas
Public safety bulletin: Chemical tanks being resold as water storage containers
BUCKHANNON – The Buckhannon Police Department is advising the public to beware of stolen chemical storage tanks that are reportedly being advertised and resold as water storage tanks.

The BPD released a public health bulletin Tuesday afternoon advising that on Monday, Jan. 14, the department took a complaint of stolen chemical storage tanks “that are being sold and advertised as water storage tanks.”

“These tanks contained very harsh chemicals,” the release states. “They should not be used to store water for human or animal consumption. If you are using one of these tanks for water storage, please discontinue use immediately.”
us_WV  public  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago by dchas
Recent Data on the Association Between Firefighting and the Prevalence of Cancer Provide Little Certainty
While associations have been found between firefighting and the development of some forms of cancer, the epidemiological data are insufficient to prove or disprove an association with other cancers.

This is the conclusion of a review of the epidemiological literature published by the IRSST that follows on from one conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released in 2010. The IRSST authors combed through over 600 publications produced between 2007—the last year covered by the IARC review—and 2017. They deemed 25 of the 600 to be relevant.

The strongest evidence of association concerns an excess number of cases of mesothelioma attributable to asbestos among firefighters active over 30 years ago. Lung cancer has not been entirely ruled out, but the association is not as strong as for mesothelioma in the papers reviewed. The quality of the evidence of an association between the occupation of firefighter and other forms of cancer was not sufficiently strong, but studies have reported more frequent cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and prostate cancer in this occupational group.

All evidence of a link between firefighting and the development of cancers must also take into account the conclusions of other, earlier reviews of the literature.

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Canada  industrial  discovery  environmental  asbestos 
3 days ago by dchas
ATF: Government Shutdown Could Hamper Investigation Into Explosion on Dodds Lane
Wynnewood, Lower Merion Township, PA — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) reported that the investigation into the multimillion-dollar destruction of a Gladwyne, PA mansion may be impeded by the partial shutdown of the Federal Government.

“There are plans to have items sent to the lab in Maryland for some testing but probably not until March or April depending on what happens with the government shutdown,” stated Special Agent Charlene Hennessy, PIO for the Philadelphia Field Division of ATF.

Authorities close to the investigation have reported that the plan is to reconstruct the mansion in a mock-up as it was before the gas explosion leveled it turning the multi-million dollar stately home into dumpsters full of shredded debris.

According to authorities, ATF is looking to discover “the how” and “the why” of the explosion.  

"I confirmed with the case agent the materials were immediately sent to the lab," added Hennessy, "but due to the lab's schedule, the government shutdown and additional testing that needed to be completed prior to the engineers recreating the scene, the March/April timeframe is when the evidence is slated for analysis. "
us_PA  public  follow-up  environmental  explosives 
5 days ago by dchas
Extinction Rebellion | Rebel for Life
We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Our children and our nation face grave risk. The planet is in ecological crisis. We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced. Scientists believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  environmental 
7 days ago by basecamp
Grand Haven Tribune: Biosolids a potential source of PFAS
Biosolid applications are among the potential culprits that contaminated the drinking water at Robinson Elementary School and a total of 34 wells tested in the area.

According to the DEQ, firefighting foam, undocumented dump sites and materials from the M-231 highway construction project are other possible sources.

Biosolids are treated sewage sludge containing organic and inorganic material. Produced as a byproduct at sewage treatment plants, they are commonly used as fertilizer on crop-producing farms, and have been around since the early 1990s.

While biosolids have not been linked to any of the 36 sites of PFAS contamination currently under investigation by the DEQ in Michigan, the applications could contain the “forever chemicals” linked to numerous health hazards and found throughout the environment.
us_MI  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
8 days ago by dchas
EPA moves to ban toxic paint-stripper chemical for some — but not all — uses
In the past year, major retailers such as Lowe’s and Home Depot have pulled a toxic chemical used in paint strippers, methylene chloride, from their shelves. The families of those who have died after exposure to the substance have begged leaders of the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a ban that the agency proposed on Jan. 19, 2017 — a day before President Barack Obama left office. And in May, then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pledged to do just that.

But late last month, the EPA sent proposals to the Office of Management and Budget that would allow commercial operators to continue using the product as long as they underwent training, while banning its use by consumers. The two draft final rules, which are not yet public but are mentioned in the database of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, have sparked an outcry from congressional Democrats and public health advocates who had sought an outright ban on the chemical.

“Despite explicit assurances provided to my office that EPA would finalize a ban that protected both consumer and commercial users from this dangerous chemical, the Trump EPA appears to have failed to live up to those assurances,” said Sen. Thomas R. Carper (Del.), the top Democrat on the Senate Environment Committee. “I will do everything in my power to ensure that the final rule takes all needed steps to ban a chemical so dangerous that it has killed dozens of Americans, including trained professionals who were taking precautions on the job.”
us_DC  public  discovery  environmental  methylene_chloride  toxics 
10 days ago by dchas
Lawmakers call on Gov. Baker to sign bill banning several flame retardant chemicals
BOSTON (WWLP) - Firefighters joined state lawmakers on Monday to share a powerful message about items in your home that contain poisonous flame retardant chemicals. 

According to the American Chemical Council, many of the flame retardants in household products and children's toys are ineffective. 

"They don't work, they cause greater harm. You have that right?" asked Representative Marjorie Decker, one of the bill's sponsors. "When these retardants that don't work are applied, what we do see is that we don't see a difference in flames, what we do see is an increase in smoke, poisonous smoke."

Sixteen states including Massachusetts are working on legislation that would restrict certain fire retardant chemicals in toys, car seats, strollers, and other household products.
us_MA  public  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
10 days ago by dchas
ACS President on The human element
Importance of safety
We must also communicate the importance of safety—the newest ACS core value—in academia, industry, and government laboratories and in chemical demonstrations and outreach activities. In 2018, ACS president Peter K. Dorhout emphasized laboratory safety, and I fully support that continuing effort. My 2019 focus is on safety writ large: safety in the environment, including recovery after disasters such as fires, hurricanes, and floods. Chemistry can help in the cleanup. And anywhere there’s a natural disaster there are always safety issues. I am happy to be working with the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety and other sponsoring divisions on national meeting programming on the following topics:
▸ Bridging the (safety) gap between academia and industry
▸ Chemical safety issues in disaster recovery
▸ Safety and the environment: Chemistry’s impact on water
public  discovery  environmental 
12 days ago by dchas

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