12/16/15 — “Sen. Boxer blocks chemical safety bill, angering Inhofe” (The Hill). Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is blocking Senate consideration of a measure to overhaul federal chemical safety rules.
12/16/15 — “Endocrine disruptors: European Commission 'breached law'” (BBC News). In a case brought by Sweden, the European Court of Justice has ruled that the European Commission has not been quick enough in identifying and banning potentially harmful "endocrine disruptor" chemicals.
12/17/15 — “Toxic firefighting foam has contaminated US drinking water” (Environmental Health News). A foam to fight burning jet fuel made by 3M and the U.S. Navy smothers fires, but massive use has contaminated drinking water around the U.S. Huge amounts of the foam have been found in soil and water.
12/17/15 — “On EDCs” (Chemical Watch). Evidence increasingly confirms that synthetic chemicals disrupt the endocrine system and contribute to disease and disability across the lifespan.
12/17/15 — “After rocky road, U.S. Senate passes landmark chemical law overhaul” (Science). Overcoming a thicket of procedural barriers, reform backers won a signature victory tonight as the Senate unanimously approved, on a voice vote, an overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act.
12/22/15 — “Ban on Microbeads Proves Easy to Pass Through Pipeline” (New York Times). On the strangely charmed life of the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, which sailed through Congress in an age when most legislation plods.
12/23/15 — “TSCA reform comes closer with Senate vote” (Specialty Chemicals). The US Senate has overwhelmingly passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemicals Safety for the 21st Century Act (S 697), thus bringing closer a full reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The two houses will now have to negotiate an agreed version for President Obama to sign.
12/31/15 —“Microbead ban signed by President Obama” (CNN). For one of his last acts in 2015, Barack Obama signed a bill that bans what advocates say is an environmentally harmful ingredient included in many personal cleansing products and cosmetics.