Toxic Chemical and Product Safety News for Investors

Headline stories are selected by IEHN staff from environmentalhealthnews.com's "Above the Fold" daily news service. IEHN releases annotated versions several times monthly. Headlines listed here are linked to their original sources and are subject to those sources' archiving policies.

April 23, 2009

Colorado study links methane in water drilling
ProPublica and the Denver Post
April 22, 2009

Investigations about methane contamination in Garfield County, CO and other parts of the country have clearly tied the contamination to energy development, strengthening arguments across the country that drilling can put drinking water at risk. An exhaustive examination of a methane problem on Colorado's Western Slope concludes that gas drilling has degraded water in dozens of water wells.

Bayer safety lapses 'could have eclipsed Bhopal'
Charleston Gazette-Mail
April 21, 2009

Significant safety lapses by management of Bayer CropScience's Institute plant caused a fatal August 2008 explosion that could have turned into a disaster worse than Bhopal, according to evidence presented Tuesday to a congressional committee.

EPA restores stricter reporting of toxic pollution
Associated Press
April 21, 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency will once again require companies to fully disclose the toxic chemicals they release into the air, land, and water, reversing a Bush administration policy that reduced reporting of toxic pollution for more than 3,500 facilities nationwide.

Valley to clean up after dry cleaners
Fresno Bee
April 21, 2009

Cities around the Valley are wrestling with a legacy of environmental contamination: a chemical used for decades by dry cleaners. Now suspected of causing cancer, the chemical has permeated underground water and soil.

Editorial: Get serious about banning BPA
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 17, 2009

An international group of scientists rejects the FDA's previous dithering on bisphenol A. It's time for Congress to act to restrict or outright ban the controversial chemical.

Health Canada makes it official: BPA is health hazard
April 14, 2009

Canada will become the first country to formally declare bisphenol A hazardous to human health and officially inform the baby-product industry it will no longer be able to use the chemical in baby bottles.

Researchers look to make 'messy' nanotech production 'clean and green"
April 13, 2009

Nanotechnology's image is sleek, modern and clean. But that's not its reality. Turns out that designing and manufacturing materials so small that 100,000 of them can fit comfortably on the width of a hair strand absorbs tremendous amounts of energy, and is anything but neat. Scientists are trying to come at the nanotech problem with "green chemistry" techniques that emphasize materials, products and processes that reduce or eliminate hazardous substances and conserve energy and resources, as part of a new field called "green nanoscience."

As eco-seals proliferate, so do doubts
Wall Street Journal
April 2, 2009

As green marketing has proliferated, so has the number of "eco-labels." The result: increasing confusion among consumers about the veracity of green marketing promises and a growing sense that the federal government may need to take a stronger role.

Migrating nanotubes add to asbestos concern
April 1, 2009

Inhaled carbon nanotubes can move through the lining of the lungs to reach surrounding tissue, experiments in mice show. The results, which are preliminary and have not been peer reviewed, add to concerns that exposure to nanotubes may cause damage much like that created by asbestos fibres.