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The daily outrage from Trump’s minions: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will delay implementation of an Obama-era chemical safety rule for nearly two years while it reassesses the necessity of the regulation. The EPA announced on Monday that Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a directive last Friday delaying the chemical plant safety standards until at least […]

A Hideous Lie

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On February 5, 2017

I see people are once again going down the “Rachel Carson is a mass murderer” road. The idea is that because Carson sought to ban DDT, cases of malaria exploded and thus millions of people

Immediate Impacts

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On February 27, 2016

Above: Protest, University of Wisconsin, 1967 Has Scalia’s demise led to any real-world impacts yet? Yes. Dow Chemical Co. said it agreed to pay $835 million to settle an antitrust case pending

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Jobs vs. Health

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On December 19, 2015
In a nation with so few industrial jobs remaining, in a nation that has ignored the plight of working class people without college educations, and in a nation where a robust welfare state is the provenance of slackers and those people, it’s hardly surprising that workers are willing to get sick in order to keep […]
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Jamie Smith Hopkins has a long story on methylene chloride, a chemical used for paint-stripping and carpet gluing that has an unfortunate tendency to kill the people using it. It’s not a huge killer in terms of numbers–56 known deaths in the U.S. since 1980 although that’s probably an understatement. But each of those deaths […]

Tianjin, Texas

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On September 1, 2015

Above: The 2013 West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion There’s been a lot of media discussion over the past week about Chinese workplace safety conditions because of the Tianjin explosion that k

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About that Teflon Skillet

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On August 18, 2015
There was a time in U.S. history, maybe it’s today still, where we would respond in wonderment to new technological products without questioning what the downside of those products might be. Actually, yes, given that technological fetishism is the national religion we still are in that time. Now, obviously technological innovation can be good and […]
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