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Product Liability Advisory - November 2012: BPA Linked to Adverse Reproduction Effects in Rhesus Monkeys

A recent study published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” found that Bisphenol A (BPA) can adversely affect fetal development in rhesus monkeys. The study’s findings raise concerns regarding BPA...more

Compliance Update: REACH, Q4 2011

The latest enacted, amended, and revised REACH requirements; proposed REACH requirements; and REACH enforcement actions in Q4 2011. Includes proposed amendments and new restrictions on lead and mercury; recommendations on...more

Dangerous Chemicals Found in Virtually All Pregnant Women, Study Says

Virtually all pregnant women in the U.S. are exposed to multiple and varied chemicals – some long banned, others currently used – that may harm the fetus during sensitive periods of development, according to a new study by...more

Cadmium Levels in Consumer Products Scrutinized

According to recent news reports, cadmium has been reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission("CPSC") and others as being present in many consumer products. Cadmium has been identified by the Center for Disease...more

Greening of Consumer Products - December 10, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Toy makers settle lead-contaminated toy lawsuit in California *Consumer advocacy groups file lawsuit challenging CPSC’s phthalates ruling *Obama team to meet with advocates pushing for BPA ban *WebMD...more

Greening of Consumer Products - July 23, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Congress closer to passing sweeping consumer product safety legislation *Green consumer guide offers tips on avoiding deceptive product labeling *Bill seeks to ban PVC packaging in...more

Greening of Consumer Products - June 25, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Former leader of Greenpeace argues against PVC ban in California *$33 billion U.S. children's product industry put in regulatory bind *Procter & Gamble spent $733,000 lobbying advertising guidelines,...more

Greening of Consumer Products - June 18, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *California sues 'Natural' companies over carcinogenic chemical was found in over 100 'organic' soaps *Government experts, lawmakers clash over the safety of BPA *FDA official says plastic bottles...more

Greening of Consumer Products - June 4, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Toxic packaging bill moves to the Senate *Legislators encouraging Congress to ban phthalates from toys and childcare products *Playtex sued in Arkansas, could spark class action lawsuit over bisphenol...more

Greening of Consumer Products - May 7, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *FTC workshop focuses on retailers' environmental claims made on packaging *More US companies are investing in environmentally friendly business products in order to cut future costs *Survey indicates...more

Greening of Consumer Products - March 28, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *California Senate debates move that would extend its ban on Phthalates in toys throughout the US *Green Product Focus ..Not so squeaky clean: a study of phthalates in toys *2.4 million more potentially...more

New EPA Reporting Requirements for Lead in Children's Products (Ages 14 and Under)

In the wake of multiple recalls of children’s toys, jewelry and other household articles, and under pressure from environmental advocacy groups to exercise its regulatory authorities under the Toxic Substances Control Act...more

EPA Inspector General investigation into failure to prevent concultant conflicts of interest

Documents relating to an EPA investigation into consultant conflicts concerning asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which has been linked to several diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and...more

1985 Asbestos Waste Management Guidance

Guidelines from the EPA about the management of asbestos waste products including how to transport and dispose of them in order to limit the hazards of asbestos exposure, including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer....more

EPA Asbestos Factbook

Information from the Environmental Protection Agency concerning asbestos, including diseases linked to asbestos exposure, including asbestosis and mesothelioma. The factbook also covers issues surrounding asbestos in schools...more

Report on Effects of Asbestos Dust on the Lungs and the Supression in the Asbestos Industry

The first major clinical study involving hundreds of asbestos workers was conducted by Dr. Merewether, a prominent medical researcher. His study indicates that one out of every 4 workers was suffering from asbestosis. His...more

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