Trending Topics: Leading States, Lagging Feds, & Costs of Plastics - Week of June 23

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Washington State finds “regrettable flame retardant substitutions” image

Why companies need to do hazard assessments of alternatives … Testing for flame retardants in general consumer and children’s products by the state’s Department of Ecology found many “regrettable substitutions.”  Regulated flame retardants – PBDEs for example – are being replaced with unregulated and potentially toxic chemicals. Many tested products contain chlorinated Tris such as TDCPP (banned in pajamas in the 1970s) while others contained HBCD and TBBPA among other flame retardants with recognized adverse environmental and health effects.

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Flame Retardants in General Consumer and Children’s Products

US EPA releases final TCE risk assessment—2nd final assessment in 38 years under TSCA authority image

Since 1976, when Congress enacted the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) the EPA released its second final risk assessment for trichloroethylene (the first risk assessment covered asbestos). It focuses on the health risks from TCE exposure through spray aerosol degreasers, spray fixatives and dry cleaning industry stain removers. At this rate the EPA will finish the other 82 chemicals awaiting risk assessments by the year 3408 (let alone the other 84,000 chemicals yet to be queued up for assessment).

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TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment

UNEP says measuring plastics use will reduce companies’ environmental impacts image

Environmental impacts of plastic use are a business liability, says a new report from the Plastic Disclosure Project, United National Environment Program and business consultants Trucost. By quantifying plastics use, the report suggests, companies can increase their sustainability and reduce their environmental impacts. The report estimates that plastics used in consumer products eat up $75 billion annually in worldwide “natural capital costs.” Over 30% of these impacts come from greenhouse gas emissions, 23% from plastics used in the food industry and at least $13 billion annually in marine pollution impacts.

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Valuing Plastic


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