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Plastic garbage zones are not just in the Pacific

The plastic garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean has received substantial media attention. However, recent studies have shown that there are a number of such garbage patches, and that unfortunately they are larger than originally believed. The so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to be...

BPA's fluorinated "twin" may be more of a health threat than BPA

Prior posts have noted in detail the debate over the potential adverse health effects of BPA (e.g., estrogen mimic), with the vast majority of research studies indicating that the Bush Administration FDA was incorrect in down-playing the potential adverse health effects of BPA. BPA appears to alter the...

Amount of plastic trash in the ocean may be vastly underestimated

Prior posts have noted the various plastic debris wastes that are located in the oceans. Prior posts have also suggested that there may be plastic waste in the water column, though its quantification was uncertain. A recent assessment suggests that the amount previously estimated using surface sampling...

Another estrogenic substance is identified (BPS, which is related to BPA), and the vector exposes nearly everyone

Prior posts have noted that BPA (an estrongen mimic) is found not only in certain plastics (about which there is much nashing of teeth), but the main vector may very well be thermal cash register receipts. Well, get ready for its cousin, BPS, and the newest vector, paper money. Holy greenbacks, Batman...

Neonatal intensive care appears to expose babies to significant levels of BPA

Although the level of BPA that may be toxic to humans has not been quantified, babies treated in neonatal intensive care appear to be exposed to relatively larger doses of BPA, according to an interesting, but small study. This exposure may be more harmful due to the limited ability of neonates to detoxify...

Lake Erie contains substantial quantities of tiny pieces of potentially toxic plastic

Prior posts have noted the great Atlantic and Pacific garbage patches. [See, for example, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_garbage_patch ; http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/translating-uncle-sam/stories/what-is-the-great-pacific-ocean-garbage-patch ; &, http://news.discovery.com/earth/oceans...

New York Assembly Approves Passage Of First-In-The-Nation Ban On Plastic Microbeads In Commonly Used Cosmetics

Microbead-Free Waters Act Bans Plastic Beads Used In Facial Scrubs, Shampoos And Toothpaste. Found At High Levels In Lake Erie, Microbeads Pollute New York Waters And Pose Emerging Threat To Wildlife, Public Health. Protecting Our Waterways Is Among New York’s Most Important Responsibilities...

FTC Cuts Down Plastic Lumber Recycled Content Claims

For the second time in five months, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a settlement of allegedly deceptive recycled content claims for plastic lumber. In its administrative complaint, the FTC claimed that American Plastic Lumber (APL) used deceptive and unfair marketing practices by...

FTC Fails to Prove Green Guides' Meaning of "Biodegradable"

In an Initial Decision announced February 6, 2015, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) held that ECM BioFilms, Inc. d/b/a Enviroplastics International (“ECM”) made false...

EPA Lacks Authority to Regulate Plastic Microbeads in Water

By E. Lynn Grayson Tiny microbeads are introduced everyday into waterways from many personal care products and over the counter drugs. The plastic microbeads (often made of polyethylene or polypropylene) are recent additions in facial scrubs, soaps, toothpastes and other personal care products...

Recent Antimicrobial Registration Provides for Intermediate Master Batches

On May 15, 2015, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) (Antimicrobials Division) conditionally approved Nanosilva LLC’s registration of “NSPW-L30SS” as a materials preservative with an explicit clearance allowing the manufacture of intermediate master batches. EPA Reg. No....

Canada Takes Action to Ban Microbeads

The Canadian government recently took action to ban microbeads, very small particles found in a variety of consumer and personal care products that may pose adverse environmental impacts in rivers, lakes, and oceans after they are washed down the drain. Specifically, the Canadian government proposes...

Continuing Efforts to Ban Microbeads

The District of Columbia (D.C.) is the latest to propose a ban on microbeads starting January 1, 2018. The proposed ban, part of D.C.’s omnibus fisheries and wildlife bill aimed at ensuring marine areas and waterways remain pollutant-free, is one of the more aggressive approaches prohibiting the...