March 2015 News Bulletin: Suppressed pesticide report; children’s brains; chemical enemy #1; and more

March 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm | Posted in News and Science Bulletins | 1 Comment

March 2015 News Bulletin

‘Suppressed’ EU report could have banned harmful pesticides worth billions. The unpublished EU paper says that the risks associated with exposure to even low-potency EDCs is so great that potency alone should not serve as a basis for chemicals being approved for use. Its proposed criteria for categorisations of EDCs – along with a strategy for implementing them – was supposed to have enabled EU bans of hazardous substances to take place last year. But commission officials say that under pressure from major chemical industry players, such as Bayer and BASF, the criteria were blocked. In their place, less stringent options emerged, along with a plan for an impact assessment that is not expected to be finalised until 2016. (Guardian)

Secrets of the home: The chemical reactor you live in. Every moment of every day, chemical reactions are taking place in the air and on almost every surface of our homes. The primary driver of this indoor chemistry is ozone, a highly reactive molecule made up of three oxygen atoms. Most of it comes into our homes from outside, although relatively small amounts come from air purifiers, laser printers and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. (New Scientist)

Chemical enemy number one: how bad are phthalates really? “The Chap report is the first major regulatory document in the federal government that’s highlighting the extent of the new science on the risks of phthalates,” says Erik Olson, senior strategic director of food and agriculture and health programs for the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The fact that the commission is looking both at phthalates as a group and at the toxicology of individual phthalates is really important,” he says. (Guardian)

What are we doing to our children’s brains? The numbers are startling. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.8 million more children in the U.S. were diagnosed with developmental disabilities between 2006 and 2008 than a decade earlier. During this time, the prevalence of autism climbed nearly 300 percent, while that of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder increased 33 percent. CDC figures also show that 10 to 15 percent of all babies born in the U.S. have some type of neurobehavorial development disorder. Still more are affected by neurological disorders that don’t rise to the level of clinical diagnosis. (ensia.com)

Danish institute say Efsa BPA exposure limit too high. The tolerable daily intake for bisphenol A should be 0.7 µg/kg of body weight/day or lower, according to an assessment by the National Food Institute of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). In a report on the European Food Safety Authority’s scientific opinion on BPA, the institute claims that Efsa’s proposed temporary TDI of 4 µg/kg of body weight/day “does not adequately protect” against the compound’s endocrine-disrupting effects. (ChemicalWatch)

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