New Jersey DEP sets nation’s strictest limits on PFOA in drinking water

Read the full story at NJ Spotlight. New Jersey’s efforts to clean up public drinking water took a step forward on Wednesday when the Department of Environmental Protection said it would impose the nation’s toughest limit on a chemical that has been linked to cancer, high cholesterol, and developmental problems in young children. The DEP …

UMass Amherst researchers find anti-bacterial chemical accumulates in toothbrushes

Read the full story in the Boston Globe. A chemical contained in some brands of toothpaste accumulates in toothbrushes over time and is then released into a person’s mouth when they switch to a different type of toothpaste, according to researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A team of environmental chemists reported in the …

Exposure to environmental chemicals is an important risk factor for breast cancer

Read the full story from the Silent Spring Institute. Exposure to environmental chemicals, especially early in life, is an important contributing factor in the development of breast cancer, according to the most comprehensive review of human studies to date. The findings could help inform prevention strategies aimed at reducing the incidence of the disease, as rates continue …

Too little is known about the compounds in wildfire smoke

Read the full story in the Davis Enterprise. How do fire-suppression chemicals and pesticides affect wildfire smoke and the health of those who breathe it? UC Davis graduate students discovered that this question cannot be answered based on current scientific evidence and, in a review published in “Current Topics in Toxicology,” they recommend studies on …

Federal panel votes to warn public about flame retardants in baby products, furniture

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune. For the first time a federal agency is moving to outlaw an entire class of toxic flame retardants, a policy change intended to protect Americans from chemicals linked to cancer, neurological deficits, hormone disruption and other health problems. The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted Wednesday to immediately …

Antidepressants found in fish brains in Great Lakes region

Read the full story at Phys.org. Human antidepressants are building up in the brains of bass, walleye and several other fish common to the Great Lakes region, scientists say. In a new study, researchers detected high concentrations of these drugs and their metabolized remnants in the brain tissue of 10 fish species found in the Niagara River. This vital …