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Regulating Forever Chemicals

We are an ingenious species, and when properly motivated, we can build an economy that doesn’t poison people and the planet.

by |October 25, 2021

Pesticides and Industrial Pollutants Found in Snow Atop Arctic Glaciers

The long journey of these compounds — likely originating in the United States and Eurasia — points to the near-global reach of industrial and agricultural pollution.

by |August 6, 2020

After Florence: Improving the Management of Toxic Materials

This is an opportunity to reengineer and reimagine the way toxic materials are managed.

by |September 24, 2018

The Human and Financial Cost of Pollution

We need to ensure that our air, water and soil is free of poisons and to do that we need to take pollution control more seriously than we do today. Many industries have found that environmental regulation is compatible with long term production and profits.

by |October 23, 2017

Houston’s Post-Harvey Toxic Mess

If we are to maintain the way of life we enjoy while maintaining a safe and healthy environment, we need to require more careful management of toxic substances.

by |September 11, 2017

The World Trade Center Disaster And Our Toxic World

In a dangerous world we must be vigilant in the face of evil, but we must also do our best to reduce self-inflicted wounds. We can do a better job of detoxifying our technology, and of helping those who are victims of attacks and disasters. We owe it to our children and the planet they will inherit.

by |September 12, 2016

Revising the Toxic Substances Out-of-Control Act

An unregulated chemical industry is an invitation for disaster. Fortunately, there is at least one place in America where regulation of toxic chemicals is taken seriously—California (of course).

by |June 29, 2015

Toxic Chemicals All Around Us: Is Green Chemistry the Answer?

We live in a world filled with synthetic chemicals, many with known or suspected health hazards. Can green chemistry, the design of chemical products without hazardous substances, provide a solution?

by |December 8, 2014