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Is your long-lasting makeup toxic? Study raises concerns about PFAS in cosmetics.

From the Washington Post, August 11, 2021. When toxicologist Linda Birnbaum’s daughter was visiting recently, she asked to stop at a store to buy eye makeup. But when the salesperson began touting the benefits of a certain waterproof mascara, Birnbaum advised her daughter to steer clear. Why? Researchers recently found that waterproof, sweatproof and long-wearing […]

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Study finds link between glyphosate exposure and pregnancy length

From Environmental Health News, August 6, 2021. Women exposed to the herbicide glyphosate were more likely to experience shorter pregnancies, according to a study published last week in the journal Environmental Research. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the widely-used herbicide Roundup. Most research on the health effects of glyphosate has focused on workplace exposures […]

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Breast cancer: Hundreds of chemicals identified as potential risk factors

From Environmental Health New, July 22, 2021. Researchers have identified almost 300 chemicals in everything from hair dye to pesticides that can increase levels of breast cancer-contributing hormones. Of those chemicals, 219 had not been previously identified as potential carcinogens, Ruthann Rudel, director of research for the Silent Spring Institute and co-author of the new […]

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Living near a US toxic waste site could shave a year off your life, study finds

From the Guardian, April 13, 2021. Superfund sites are scattered across America: they’re places like landfills and manufacturing plants so contaminated with hazardous waste that the federal government has designated them a national priority to clean up. And according to a new, large-scale study, living near one can shave months – and in some cases, […]

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Chemicals in plastics damage babies’ brains and must be banned immediately, expert group says

From CNN Health, February 20, 2021. Synthetic chemicals called phthalates are damaging children’s brain development and therefore must be immediately banned from consumer products, according to a group of scientists and health professionals from Project TENDR. Project TENDR, which stands for Targeting Environmental Neuro-Development Risks, is a group of volunteer scientists, health professionals and child […]

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The Harmful Chemical Lurking in Your Children’s Toys

From the New York Times, November 23, 2020. Heather Stapleton vividly recalled the moment she realized that the dangerous chemicals she studied in her lab had entered her home. Dr. Stapleton, a chemist at Duke University, had just put her 1-year-old son to bed and was chatting with a colleague in her living room about […]

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FDA Sunscreen Report Raises Concern Over Chemicals

From WebMD, January 21, 2020. New FDA testing of sunscreens shows that six common active ingredients are absorbed into the body and may linger for days or even weeks, in some cases. What’s more, the testing showed that just a single application of sunscreen — whether as a lotion or a spray — increases the […]

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Pass Bill Restricting Use Of Firefighting Foam Containing PFAS

From WUWM, January 21, 2020 Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature approved a bill Tuesday that would impose new restrictions on the use of firefighting foams, in an effort to curtail groundwater pollution. The measure passed in both the state Assembly and Senate. The topic generated heated discussion in the Senate, especially from Democrats. Read the article.

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Common Pesticides Linked to Heart Disease Risks in New Study

From Consumer Reports, December 31, 2019. Research raises concerns about long-term effects of some chemicals, including permethrin Pyrethroids, a type of pesticide commonly used in consumer products such as lice treatments and on conventionally grown crops, are associated with an increased risk of death, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. […]

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In New York City, Paper Receipts Set to Go the Way of Foie Gras

From Bloomberg, December 4, 2019. Those yard-long paper receipts that spew from cash registers may be following plastic bags and foie gras into the dustbin of New York City history. Council members plan to crack down on those ubiquitous rolls with a package of laws that will require merchants to instead offer shoppers emailed receipts […]

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Newsmakers: Assembly Water Quality Task Force

From WisEye, October 17, 2019. On October 17, 2019, WisconsinEye Senior Producer Steve Walters sat down with the co-chairs of the Assembly Water Quality Task Force, Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) and Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) to discuss the task force. The discussion addressed issues relating to PFAS, Nitrates, lead and bacterial water contamination in […]