RTKnet: Chemicals

explanation of types, classifications, listings, PBT, etc

Report Finds Underreporting of Toxic Emissions, Increase in Benzene from Refineries (Environmental Integrity Project)

The nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project used TRI data to identify an 8% increase in benzene emissions from refineries between 2007 and 2008. But the figures may be too low due to problematic underreporting to TRI.

(05 Feb 2010)

Groups Fight for Transparency of Toxics in Cleaning Products. (Earthjustice)

Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Church and Dwight and Reckitt-Benckiser are in court defending their alleged noncompliance with NY state disclosure law. "It's time for these companies to stop hiding behind a veil of secrecy and give consumers the information they need to protect themselves and their families."

(05 Feb 2010)

Companies To Disclose Toxics In Toys Under New Washington Pilot Program (Washington Toxics Coalition)

Children’s health advocates today applauded the Washington State Department of Ecology’s first-in-the-nation program that will require manufacturers of toys and other children’s products to report whether their products contain certain harmful chemicals.

(28 Jan 2010)

New Bill to Study Risks of Nanotechnology (Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR))

Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Nanotechnology Safety Act of 2010, which would establish a program within the FDA to assess the health and safety implications of nanotechnology in everyday products and develop best practices for companies who employ nanotechnology.

(28 Jan 2010)

Bite Taken Out Of Chemical Secrecy (OMB Watch)

The EPA announced on Jan. 21 a new practice that will prevent chemical manufacturers from hiding the identities of chemicals that have been found to pose a significant risk to environmental or public health.

(27 Jan 2010)

Chemical Secrecy Increasing Risks to Public (OMB Watch)

Excessive secrecy prevents the public from knowing what chemicals are used in their communities and what health impacts might be associated with those substances, according to a recent analysis of government data by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG).


(25 Jan 2010)

EPA Releases Analysis of 2008 TRI Data (U.S. EPA)

The EPA released its "National Analysis" of Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data. This is the earliest release and analysis of the data in the history of the TRI program. The "National Analysis" replaces what used to be known as the Public Data Release (PDR). Both the number of facilities reporting and the amount of releases declined in 2008.

(08 Dec 2009)

"Split Estate" Exposes Damage From Gas Drilling (Split Estate)

The new documentary, Split Estate, maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities, and their health. The film will air again on Planet Green on January 16 and 17, 2010.

(08 Dec 2009)

BPA, Toxic Chemicals Found in Infant Cord Blood (Environmental Working Group)

Laboratory tests commissioned by EWG have, for the first time, detected bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic component and synthetic estrogen, in umbilical cord blood of American infants. The report's findings constitute hard evidence that each child was exposed to a host of dangerous substances while still in its mother’s womb.

(02 Dec 2009)

EU Requires Labeling of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics (Royal Society of Chemistry)

A new European regulation will require cosmetics manufacturers to list any nanoparticles contained in products marketed within the European Union. The regulation states that all nanomaterial ingredients should be clearly indicated in the list of ingredients by inserting the word 'nano' in brackets after the ingredient listing.

(01 Dec 2009)