Air Pollution/Toxic Exposure

Report Cites Large Inventory of Carcinogens in Peoples’ Bodies FairWarining Reports

Report Cites Large Inventory of Carcinogens in Peoples’ Bodies

As many as 420 known or suspected carcinogens have been found in human populations through monitoring studies conducted across the globe, according to a first-of-its-kind literature review released today by the Environmental Working Group. “The array of carcinogens detected in humans is alarming,” says the report by Curt DellaValle, a senior scientist with EWG, a…

Dueling Labels Seek to Anoint Products Free of Toxic Chemicals FairWarining Reports

Dueling Labels Seek to Anoint Products Free of Toxic Chemicals

Internet entrepreneur and branding consultant Amy Ziff says she had to become a “weekend toxicologist” five years ago when she discovered her twins were allergic to diapers, baby wipes, creams and lotions. She found herself researching the ingredients of consumer products to see if they could give her children rashes or blotchy skin. The experience…

Report Renews Concern About Asbestos-Like Minerals at Sites in Arid West FairWarining Reports

Report Renews Concern About Asbestos-Like Minerals at Sites in Arid West

Recent research is focusing new attention on an asbestos-like mineral, blamed for staggering rates of a deadly cancer in Turkey, that also is found in the rocks and soil of 13 Western states. The U.S. Geological Survey has identified 95 sites where the mineral, erionite, exists. And a recent hazard assessment at one of the…

Doubts Raised About Chemical Stew in Fragrances Used in Consumer Products FairWarining Reports

Doubts Raised About Chemical Stew in Fragrances Used in Consumer Products

For Joyce Miller, one sniff of scented laundry detergent can trigger an asthma attack. “What happens is I feel like someone is standing on my chest,” says the 57-year-old professor of library science in upstate New York. “It’s almost like a choking feeling – pressure and choking. And then the coughing starts,” she said. Miller…

asbestos mine FairWarining Investigates

The Hard Truth About the Softest Mineral

Tougher Testing Sought to Detect Asbestos in Talc

We use talc in many up close and personal ways: to powder babies’ bottoms, as an ingredient in cosmetics, a filler in capsules and pills–even as a food additive. In a world of ominous, unpronounceable chemicals, could anything be less scary than talc? Yet talc, the softest known mineral, is dug from the ground, where…

Asbestos Found in Imported Crayons and Toy Fingerprint Kits FairWarining Reports

Asbestos Found in Imported Crayons and Toy Fingerprint Kits

Asbestos has been found in several brands of children’s crayons and fingerprint kits made in China and sold in the U.S., according to tests commissioned by an environmental group. The findings are detailed in a report being released today by the Environmental Working Group Action Fund. It marks the third time in 15 years that…

Study: Cancer Risk High for Firefighters, But Higher for Minority Firefighters FairWarining Reports

Study: Cancer Risk High for Firefighters, But Higher for Minority Firefighters

A new study has found that firefighters have a greater than average risk of developing some types of cancer, and that black and Latino firefighters face the highest risk of all. The findings by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the federal agency that researches work-related hazards, confirm previous research about firefighters and…

Smoke (Still) Gets in Your Eyes at Many Job Sites FairWarining Reports

Smoke (Still) Gets in Your Eyes at Many Job Sites

Despite the flood of state and local laws since the 1990s to ban indoor smoking, millions of Americans still are exposed to secondhand smoke on the job. As a bulletin last month from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health pointed out, 20.4 percent of nonsmoking workers say they encounter secondhand smoke at least…

Talc-Ovarian Cancer Link Sparks Growing Legal Battle FairWarining Investigates

Talc-Ovarian Cancer Link Sparks Growing Legal Battle

Deane Berg’s doctor called her in the day after Christmas, 2006, to give her the crushing news. She’d had her ovaries removed, the pathology results were back, and they could not have been much worse. Berg had stage III ovarian cancer, and her prognosis was poor. Despite her 25 years as a physician’s assistant, Berg, then 49, knew next to nothing about ovarian cancer. Grappling with the “why me?” question, she studied the risk factors […]

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Unicorns, the Tooth Fairy, and 54.5 MPG

The Obama administration has repeatedly trumpeted its plan to boost the average fuel economy of new cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by the 2025 model year. In a 2011 White House news release announcing an agreement with automakers to reach the goal, President Obama called it the “the single most important…