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EPA Proposes Adding More Chemicals to Toxics Release Inventory List
April 6, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, is proposing to add 16 chemicals to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) list of reportable chemicals, the first expansion of the program in more than a decade. Established as part of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), TRI is a publicly available EPA database…

Reps. Perone & Urban Call for Removal of Cadmium in Children’s Products
March 15, 2010

State Representatives Chris Perone (D-Norwalk) and Diana Urban (D-Stonington/North Stonington), the Co-Chair of the Select Committee on Children, joined with other lawmakers, public health officials and children’s advocates today to urge the legislature to pass a bill that prohibits the sale, manufacturing, and distribution of children’s jewelry that contains cadmium.

EPA Official Says Action Plan on BPA is Near (Fresno Bee)
March 10, 2010

Responding to criticism that the Environmental Protection Agency delayed action on regulating the chemical bisphenol A, Administrator Lisa Jackson said Monday that her agency is planning to "finalize an action plan on BPA in the very near future." "For those who are worried about whether we've backed away from this, they shouldn't be worried at all," she said at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington.

Click here to read the entire story from the Fresno Bee.

Remarks by FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair To the National Association for Business Economics, Washington Policy Conference
March 8, 2010

Good morning.

I am pleased to be with you this morning at the opening of NABE's Washington Policy Conference.

The last time I spoke before NABE was at your 50th Annual Meeting, on October 6th, 2008.

It was at the height of the financial crisis, when a range of extraordinary policy actions were being undertaken by the federal government to restore order to our financial markets. Click here to read the full speach by Chairman Bair.

Toy Horse Figures Recalled (AAPnews.com)
March 2, 2010

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced recalls of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products unless otherwise instructed. For a complete list of recalled products, visit www.cpsc.gov.

Units: About 15,000
Importer: Blip Toys, Minneapolis, Minn.
Hazard: The surface paint contains levels of lead that violate the federal lead paint standard.

Click here to read the entire article from the AAPnews.com.

NJ Cadmium Ban on the Way? (nj.com)
March 2, 2010

Legislation spurred by concerns about potentially toxic materials in jewelry--especially items bought for children--has cleared another hurdle in New Jersey.

The bill would bar the sale, distribution, import or manufacture of jewelry that contains materials classified as unsafe. It also includes stricter restrictions on materials used in children's jewelry and body piercing jewelry.

Click here to read the entire article from New Jersey Real-time News.