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As the Buch administration winds down, let’s all brace ourselves for a rush of really bad ideas. For now we have: Let’s make it even harder to set worker safety standards. Let’s see…they’ve done instigated none in 8 years, it must me too easy; we must stop this over regulation! -and- Oh yeah, let’s lie…

EHP has a small report on EPA’s troubled ozone standard that’s worth a look, especially if you don’t know much about the issue. What strikes me is how there is such resistance from regulators to setting a decent standard because it would put too many counties into non-compliance. It’s almost as if there’s this idea…

The Woodrow Wilson Center released a report on engineered nanomaterials used for food applications. The aren’t common (we think), but there are a few technologies that are making their way to the market. One for instance would have a nanofilm that has anti-microbial properties. Of course, it may also leach into your food. Yum! (Okay,…

The Good Analysts from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that the FEMA trailers had too much formaldehyde (well, yeah) but also that it was due to cheap materials, sloppy design, and drumroll please, lax or non-existing government standards. It’s rare for a gov’t report to directly say the standards need to be tighter. The…

ICCVAM authorized two different methods, the bovine corneal opacity and permeability (BCOP) assay and the isolated chicken eye (ICE) assay. These don’t use live animals. I’m not exactly sure you could say that this wasn’t tested in an animal, but close enough. Or at least that’s what the director says. It really don’t count as…

In The Corporation the film shows how if you considered the attributes of corporations, it could be diagnosed as a psycopath. I see the same thing in the ACC (American Chemistry Council), but frankly, a toddler seems more on the money. They have that same ability to look sweet while ernestly telling you something you…

Do you ever wonder how some people can simply dismiss the risks of toxic products that they keep around them? This is a constant source of wonderment in the public health community. The reflexive answer is usually that people in question are just uninformed. Therefore we put lots of effort into education. This doesn’t jibe…

So, I haven’t posted in a while. I could explain to you why, but that’s just boring. I’ll be posting more starting next week. And you’ll like it! The FDA gave out bigger bonuses this year than last reports the WP, largely to the upper level management, despite criticism over a lot of public problems…

In today’s New England Journal of Medicine there are two articles worth reading, especially for us critics of the FDA. Playing ‘Kick the FDA’ — Risk Free to Players but Hazardous to Public Health is a good reminder of where the blame needs to go (See also Trying Times at the FDA — The Challenge…

What’s wrong with Earth Day? The name, for one. Earth day. Protecting mother earth. Saving the environment. What’s wrong with these? They’re all about the earth. No humans mentioned. For a day that’s supposed to highlight the damage we are doing and to energize some action, it’s woefully off the mark. The degredation of the…