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California Takes Aim at Toxic Nap Mats, Paint Strippers

KQED Science | March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Takes Aim at Toxic Nap Mats, Paint Strippers

Six years after voters passed the California Green Chemistry Initiative, the state lays out its plan to get toxic products off shelves.

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Are BPA-Free Plastics Any Safer?

KQED Science | March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Are BPA-Free Plastics Any Safer?

Studies have linked the chemical BPA, found in some plastics, to a host of health problems. Now lab tests have found that the chemicals used to replace BPA may be just as harmful.

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As Toxics Regulations Increase, Companies Simply Switch Chemicals

KQED Science | January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

As Toxics Regulations Increase, Companies Simply Switch Chemicals

A UCSF researcher explains how public pressure on makeup manufacturers seems to work, and why it's "common sense" to keep plastic dishware out of the microwave.

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SF Clothing Company Accused of Knowingly Selling Lead-Laden Products

KQED Science | December 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

SF Clothing Company Accused of Knowingly Selling Lead-Laden Products

Three youth-focused clothing chains, including San Francisco-based retailer Charlotte Russe, sell products with illegal levels of lead, according to an Oakland-based nonprofit group.

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Sunken Tugboat Gets a Lift in Oakland Estuary Cleanup

KQED Science | November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sunken Tugboat Gets a Lift in Oakland Estuary Cleanup

The tug, nicknamed “Captain Al,” had been totally submerged in the waters between Oakland and Alameda for at least fifteen years. But it was leaching lead paint into the water, so it had to come out.

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Watsonville Lacks Funds to Control Toxic Algae, Threatening Wildlife

KQED Science | October 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Watsonville Lacks Funds to Control Toxic Algae, Threatening Wildlife

The city of Watsonville has an expensive problem on its hands: toxic algae stirred up from the bottom of Pinto Lake makes the lake poisonous to humans and deadly to birds, fish, and even the otters in Monterey Bay, where the lake water eventually empties into the sea. Knowing how to clean it is one thing; paying for it is another.

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Who Profits from Proposition 65? (Part Two)

KQED Science | July 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Who Profits from Proposition 65? (Part Two)

Proposition 65 is enforced by, among others, a small and little-known subculture of "private enforcers," and their attorneys who profit from settlements with businesses found to be in violation of the law. Critics call it a "cottage industry;" others say it's an efficient way to protect consumers from toxic chemicals.

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Who Profits from Proposition 65?  (Part One)

KQED Science | June 29, 2013 | 2 Comments

Who Profits from Proposition 65? (Part One)

Proposition 65 was passed by voters in order to reduce Californian's exposure to toxic chemicals. Now there's an effort in Sacramento to revise the law, amid charges that it's prompted a flood of frivolous lawsuits that make millions of dollars for a select few and cause undue headaches for thousands of California businesses.

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