Toxic Teflon Chemical, C8, Found In Tap Water in Several States – April 4, 2016
Meanwhile, chemical industry’s own research indicates that “safer substitutes” are also potentially hazardous
New information emerged last month about toxic contamination from chemicals used to manufacture Teflon pots and pans and many other consumer, military, and industrial products. Water tests in several states have revealed a growing number of sites where the groundwater is polluted by the most well studied of these chemicals — C8 or PFOA — prompting calls from a group of state governors for federal action.
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by: Sharon Kelly
FDA’s Ban of 3 Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging Comes Too Late, Say Critics – January 12, 2016
Chemicals industry has already replaced these compounds with new ones that have received little scientific scrutiny
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will ban three grease-resistant chemicals from food packaging materials like pizza box liners, microwavable popcorn bags, and sandwich wrappers. The newly banned substances all come from a family of chemicals, known as perflourinated chemicals, known to be associated with cancer, digestive ailments, and reproductive harms.
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The catch? The ban only applies to perflourinated chemicals that have already largely been taken off the… more
by: Sharon Kelly
Monitoring Environmental Destruction From the Sky – October 20, 2014
SkyTruth uses satellite imagery and data-crunching to track fracking, mountaintop removal, and oil spills around the world
The twenty-first century has been dubbed the "surveillance society," a culture where police departments increasingly deploy drones to spy from above, smart phones precisely track their owners' locations, and government agencies routinely record our emails and phone calls. In this new milieu, environmentalists have started to do some watch-dogging of their own, documenting industry's misdeeds by adapting newly available technology and tactics to fit their needs.
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