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HBN Blog category: Policies

NRDC Senior Scientist Jennifer Sass Talks About: Vinyl Chloride: A Case Study of Data Suppression and Misrepresentation

Bill Walsh | May 04, 2005

[1] Jennifer Sass[2] is a senior scientist with NRDC's public health group, where her work includes oversight of toxic chemical regulations and investigations of corporate influences in government policy decisions. In May, 2005 she and two co-authors published a peer reviewed analysis in the influential journal Environmental Health Perspectives...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Imagine, Cancer Treatment Centers Built Without Carcinogens: Green Guide For Health Care Co-Director Robin Guenther, AIA

Bill Walsh | April 20, 2005

New York-based architect Robin Guenther has devoted a 25-year career to designing healing environments. Founder & Principal of New York's Guenther5 Architects[1], member of the 2006 AIA Guidelines for Design & Construction of Health Care Revision Committee[2], and Co-Coordinator of the newly released Green Guide For Health Care,[3] Guen...

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HBN Blog category: Policies

Interview: Michael Gorey, President of Firestone Building Products Company, Talks About "Making It Right," and Phasing Out PVC

Bill Walsh | March 31, 2005

Today, March 31, 2005, Firestone Building Products Company[1] will take its last order of PVC roofing membrane. In October 2004, the company announced it would phase out its PVC offerings in conjunction with a major expansion of its Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) lines to meet the demands of the "cool roof" market for white, reflective si...

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HBN Blog category: Materials

New Study Finds Vinyl Plasticizers a Major Contaminant in Household Dust

Margie Kelly | March 22, 2005

Chemicals From Common Products Create "Toxic Cocktail" in Homes Toxic chemicals common to home furnishings and electronic equipment have been found in household dust, including chemicals internationally recognized as harmful or toxic to the immune and reproductive systems; babies and young children are particularly at risk from exposure....

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HBN Blog category: Policies

As Good As Mother's Milk: The US Green Building Movement

Bill Walsh | January 27, 2005

"What scientific ethic, what green building principle, what institutional value, is elevated by the decision to ignore evidence of an infant exposed to PCBs and Dioxin in its mother's womb and in her milk?" A new article by respected environmental journalist Marla Cone[1] lays bare the question of whether or not the real consequences...

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