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The neurological effects of lead & PCB's compared with ADHD: What can be learned from the similarities and differences

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most frequently diagnosed neurobehavioral problems in children and is thought to be largely hereditary. But only a small number of cases have been linked to specific genes, leading many researchers to explore the impact of environmental...

Lead and cadmium may delay the onset of puberty in girls

Violation of lead and cadmium standards are often used in litigation under California's Proposition 65 because the threshold warning level, based on "reproductive toxicity", requires the potential ingestion of very small amounts. The general toxicity of lead and cadmium are well known;...

Consumer Products Banned for Lead – More In the USA Than In Canada

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The US is far more active than Canada in detecting lead in consumer products, and in requiring that they be withdrawn from the market. The Centers for Disease Control post a fascinating list of high lead consumer products, many of them marketed for children...

Pepper Hamilton: Nike, Adidas Pledge to Stop Toxic Discharges from Supply Chain by 2020 – A Pledge that May Be Easier to Make than Keep

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP A number of companies (Adidas Group, C&A, G-Star, H&M, Li Ning, Nike Inc., and Puma) have pledged to eliminate hazardous chemical discharges from their factories by 2020. Specifically, they plan to verify that phthalates (a substance that...

Study that found high lead levels in imported rice may have been faulty

At a conference in April 2013, researchers reported preliminary results that the lead level in rice was many times (20-40) above the FDA "provisional total tolerable intake" for adults. The researchers sampled packaged rice from Bhutan, Italy, China, Taiwan, India, Israel, the Czech Republic...

California Appellate Court Holds That Reproductive Toxicants Can Be Averaged Over Time When Determining Exposure Under Proposition 65

In Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) v. Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. , ( court opinion ), the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District held, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], that in appropriate circumstances, exposures to reproductive toxicants may be averaged...