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Record"Yes" Vote on Shareholder Resolution Seeking Greater Disclosure on Fracturing Hazards and Risk Reduction Actions Read more

Lead, arsenic found in products from handbags to car seats

A consumer watchdog group has found lead, arsenic and other potentially harmful chemicals in an array of everyday products, from handbags to pet supplies to car seats and backpacks. The Michigan-based Ecology Center tested more than 5,000 products for its new database, healthystuff.org. Two-thirds of all handbags tested had lead levels above 300 parts per million, the new safety standard for children's products.

It's easy not being green

The majority of companies that are about to get hit with environmental sanctions ignore the Securities and Exchange Commission's requirement that they disclose that liability to investors, according to a University of Arkansas researcher.

Bisphenol A Mimics Estrogen, Phthalates Target Testosterone

Although they have been linked to reproductive problems in both sexes, bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates -- common chemicals found in household plastics -- have gender-specific effects. Research has shown that even low levels of BPA and phthalates cause problems in humans -- including obesity.

Hospitals go for a greener clean

The places that need to be the cleanest, the most sterilized, are finding that green cleaners are more effective than regular ones. Hospitals have started replacing the old chemical cleaners with natural products.

California unveils six-step strategy to promote green chemistry

California officials today unveiled a six-step strategy to promote use of safer, sustainable chemicals and wean the state's industries and consumers off toxic compounds.

"The Real Story About the Risks of Fracking". Companies are becoming more transparent, but they've got a long way to go. Here are areas where greater disclosure is needed to build investor and community trust. Read more

Investors Challenge Nine Oil and Gas Companies on Hydraulic Fracturing Practices - Shareholders file resolutions with companies seeking improved disclosure on strategies for reducing financial and environmental risks from hydraulic fracturing operations life cycle. Read more

Will Corporate Fear Mongering Deter Reasonable Action at the FASB? IEHN Counsel Sanford Lewis submits comments to the Financial Accounting Standards Board on proposed revisions to its contingent liability standards. Read more

Investors Warn Congress: Obsolete Federal Chemicals Policy Threatens Business Recovery - Managers of $35 billion in assets cite economic burden from chemical exposures Read release
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IEHN to SEC: Improve Disclosure of Emerging Risks. November 13, 2009 IEHN letter to SEC urges reforms to improve disclosure by registrants of emerging environmental, health and social issues, allow shareowner resolutions on these risks, and encourage strengthened FASB disclosure requirements. Read more

 

 

 


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