Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after it failed to respond to a 2011 petition that requested the agency to disclose information about toxic mercury levels in sold seafood. The suit seeks to mandate the FDA require package labeling and clear signage at grocery stores and seafood markets, to inform consumers about the amounts of mercury contained in fish and other seafood.
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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to create a “strike team”, composed of health officials, prosecutors, fire department officials and others to target facilities emitting toxic pollutants that threaten public health. The initial target will be, a battery recycling plant in Vernon that has been accused of endangering the health of 100,000 people through lead and arsenic emissions.
After 22 years since the last revision, the Environmental Protection Agency introduced new rules to safeguard farmworkers from pesticides exposure by increasing the frequency of mandatory pesticide training and the establishment of buffer zones. However, the new rules fall short as they don’t require worker medical monitoring, sets 16 as the minimum age to handle pesticides, and eliminate a requirement for growers to centrally display information of the pesticides being applied.
Americans need a law that will keep them safe from toxic chemicals—before they are allowed to enter the market.
And that’s why we should be thanking Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).
Today, Sen. Lautenberg and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), joined by 27 other senators, introduced the “Safe Chemicals Act of 2013,” a landmark bill that seeks to protect families in America from exposure to harmful chemicals.
Airplanes may contain high flame retardants levels
New research has found that commercial airliners contain high levels of flame retardants, a suite of chemicals that have been under fire lately due to concerns over health hazards, reports Environmental Health News.