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The Time Is Now To Mold A Sustainable Plastic Lumber Industry

Bill Walsh | June 29, 2005 | Materials

The Healthy Building Network released today the first study to rate plastic lumber strictly on environmental and public health priorities.[1] We found huge disparities in environmental quality, including recycled content that ranges from 0 to 100%. The good news is that the most environmentally preferable products are poised to become the industry...


Bad News For Babies: Research Links PVC Plasticizer To Genital Deformities

Bill Walsh | June 17, 2005 | Materials

This article draws heavily from studies, analysis and commentary available on the searchable databases at www.ourstolenfuture.org[1] According to their manufacturers, the principle use of a class of chemicals known as phthalates (pronounced thall eights) "is to soften the popular plastic, polyvinylchloride" (known as PVC or vinyl) used in...


Dioxin, Lead, and Mercury Emissions Rise According to Latest EPA Toxics Release Data

Bill Walsh | May 19, 2005 | Policies

On May 11, 2005 the US EPA released the nation's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data for 2003. Rich Puchalsky[1] of Grassroots Connection is one of the nation's leading experts on environmental data gathering and interpretation. He has developed search tools for the national Right-To-Know Network, RTK NET,[2] which provides the public with...


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

Bill Walsh | May 04, 2005 | Policies

[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...


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

Bill Walsh | April 20, 2005 | Policies

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...


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

Bill Walsh | March 31, 2005 | Policies

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...


New Study Finds Vinyl Plasticizers a Major Contaminant in Household Dust

Margie Kelly | March 22, 2005 | Materials

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....