Top Chemical Scares of 2012

"Top Ten Chemical Scares of 2012," by Angela Logomasini This past year, there must have been thousands of green-group-inspired news stories hyping risks regarding numerous chemicals. Regulators too have engaged in efforts to demonize various products unfairly, placing them on “concern” lists and demanding that companies expend enormous amounts of money to study, test, and re-study chemicals that have been safely used for decades. Below is my top-ten list of 2012 green alarms along with links … [Read more...]

EPA Science and Siloxanes

"Chemical fight offers early look at Obama's second-term EPA," by Jeff Stier In an op-ed in today’s Washington Examiner, I explain how the second Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency will seek to use sound bites, rather than sound science, to pursue an agenda of more excessive and more costly regulation. And when possible, they’ll try to do it below the radar. I write ...Read the full article on the National Center Blog. … [Read more...]

EPA Bureaucracy and the Economy

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"Manufactured Fear Drives Needless Regulations," by Julie Gunlock As sure as the sun rises in the morning, Americans can count on their televisions and newspapers to brim with daily reports of all the dangerous products lurking in their homes. Women in particular are told commonplace items like shampoo, deodorant, plastic food containers, household disinfectants, children’s toys, baby bottles, and garden hoses threaten them and their families. Even living room furniture is now cast as a … [Read more...]

Obama Regulatory Reform Falls Short

"Regulatory Reform? Really?" by Jeff Stier In a piece in today’s Townhall.com, I explain how the administration’s regulatory record doesn’t match it’s reform rhetoric. "The Obama Administration would like to have us believe that his agencies have struck a reasonable approach to using its regulatory powers. In his Executive Order on regulatory reform last year, the president proclaimed (in part), “Our regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety and our environment while … [Read more...]

Silocones and Environmental Progress

"Private Innovation and Public Pressure Can Be Key to Environmental Progress," By Carrie L. Lukas I saw a new website showing some of the many ways that silcones—which are made with the elements silicon and oxygen—are used in a huge variety of products and materials that Americans encounter every day. It’s not enough that they are malleable, hold their shape, and resistant to heat and cool. They are also good for the environment! ... Read the full article on the IWF Blog. … [Read more...]

More on Silcone D5

"Scientists Recommend Canadian Regulation Be More Reasonable; Government Listens" by Trevor Butterworth. Mud worms of Canada, rejoice; you are safe, or at least as safe as one can probabilistically infer from spending a great deal of time studying wastewater and sedimentary sludge. In a little-noted decision on the leap day of February, Canada – the canary in the Western Hemisphere’s regulatory coalmine – reversed course on listing the tongue-twisting chemical decamethylcyclopentasiloxane as a … [Read more...]

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