Oil and gas companies top the European NGO, ChemSec’s latest report on companies manufacturing “substances of very high concern” – SIN (Substitute It Now) chemicals. Likely to face future bans or restrictions in the EU due to environmental and health hazards identified under REACH, the EU’s chemicals management policy, these substances may present financial risks to producers.
“Forget precaution, get to production” – Lowell Center for Sustainable Production examines the “precarious promise” of engineered carbon nanotubes (CNTs)
Despite uncertainty about their environmental and health effects, technologies relying on CNTs have developed at warp speed, says the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. CNTs share characteristics with ultrafine air pollution particles and asbestos fibers and are small enough to penetrate cells, yet only a tiny fraction of these materials’ R&D budgets have been spent on assessing their toxicology. The report calls for accelerating work to incorporate consideration of health impacts into design and decision-making as CNT development continues.
France warns against exposure to five widely used reproductive toxicants and endocrine disrupting chemicals
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) is calling for reduced exposure – particularly for pregnant women and in the workplace – to three widely used chemicals recognized as reproductive toxicants: toluene, n-hexane and cis-CTAC (used as a preservative) – and two, identified as endocrine disrupting chemicals: the gasoline additive MBTE and o-phenylphenol (used in disinfectants and as a preservative). The Agency’s recommendations include better information about their use in products, improved air quality monitoring, more protective exposure standards and identification of safer alternatives. These chemicals are now working their way through the US endocrine disrupter screening program.