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  • Protect children from toxic chemicals

    While delighted to learn from Michael Hawthorne's article ("Pediatricians Seek Change in Lax Toxic Chemicals Law," April 25) that the American Academy of Pediatrics has joined a national campaign to revise the 1976 Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), such reform is long overdue. The current TSCA regulatory system especially fails to protect our children, who face higher risks of exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • 6 years later, Pilsen lot remains contaminated with lead

    6 years later, Pilsen lot remains contaminated with lead
    Federal and state officials have known for more than six years about hazardous levels of brain-damaging lead in a vacant lot near Walsh Elementary School in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. Yet even after field investigators raised alarms about children...

    Pilsen polluter H. Kramer agrees to cut lead emissions

    Pilsen polluter H. Kramer agrees to cut lead emissions
    Owners of a smelting facility linked to dangerous levels of lead in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood will spend $3 million on new equipment to curb emissions of the toxic metal. In a legal settlement announced today by federal and state officials, H....

    National awards for Tribune's "Playing With Fire" series

    National awards for Tribune's "Playing With Fire" series
    If you read the Chicago Tribune's "Playing With Fire" series about the deceptive campaign by the chemical and tobacco industries to introduce toxic flame retardants into our homes -- and ultimately into our bodies -- you won't be surprised that it won...

    California flame retardant development, and its context

    California flame retardant development, and its context
    Though obscure, fire-safety rules in California have a huge impact on consumers everywhere in the country because they influence how manufacturers make furniture sold in all states. Under a current California rule, known as Technical Bulletin 117, foam...