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Snowe, Collins should support new chemical act
Journal Tribune - 3/31/2012. 
Editorial. We feel fairly safe in America today, knowing that federal regulators oversee our food, medication, modes of transportation and even the safety of our workplaces. Lots of regulations are in place to ensure our safety nearly every step of the way, and most of us assume that the products we’re sold in our own country are safe. But that’s apparently not the case. From the beauty products we use on our bodies to the carpets on which we walk, we’re surrounded by chemicals that are negatively impacting our health – and the feds aren’t vetting them all.
Our View: Senators should back toxic regulation update
Portland Press Herald - 3/30/2012. 
Editorial. It's time for a federal response to the chemical products problem addressed in Maine law.
Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’?
New York Times - 3/30/2012. 
by Elizabeth Weil. One day last year when her daughter, Ainsley, was 9, Tracee Sioux pulled her out of her elementary school in Fort Collins, Colo., and drove her an hour south, to Longmont, in hopes of finding a satisfying reason that Ainsley began growing pubic hair at age 6.
New high in U.S. autism rates inspires renewed debate
Reuters - 3/29/2012. 
About one in 88 children in the United States has autism or a related disorder, the highest estimate to date and one that is sure to revive a national argument over how the condition is diagnosed and treated.
Increase in autism rates raises questions about chemical, environmental links
E&E Publishing - 3/29/2012. 
by Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter. One in 88 children in the United States has an autism disorder, a significant increase from previous government estimates, the Obama administration said today in a highly anticipated report.
Death by Delay: Obama Team Stalls on Chemical Regulation
Common Dreams - 3/27/2012. 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has drafted a "chemicals of concern" list to restrict the use of certain chemicals and alert the public to their possible dangers. But the list remains secret and dormant because it's stuck at the Obama administration's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review.
Common toothpaste additive triclosan to be deemed toxic to environment
Edmonton Journal - 3/27/2012. 
by Sarah Schmidt. The federal government is set to declare a bacteria killer found in many toothpastes, mouthwashes and anti-bacterial soaps as toxic to the environment, a move which could see the use of the chemical curtailed sharply.
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