Phthalate Chemicals Linked to Problem Pregnancy

The results of a new scientific study have demonstrated that exposure to phthalates — a ubiquitous group of chemicals found in everything from plastics to personal care products to electronics — may disrupt an important hormone needed to sustain a healthy pregnancy.

Autism Linked to PBDE Fire Retardant Chemical on Furniture, Carpets

Scientists have uncovered another link between autism/autistic behaviors and toxic chemicals common in household environments.  More specifically, a recent animal study demonstrated that adult subjects exposed to PBDEs pass on these neuroendocrine-disrupting chemicals to their developing offspring. Further, the female offspring show traits relevant to autism spectrum disorders. 

States with New PFAS Laws

PFAS chemicals have among the strongest bonds in chemistry and at the present time there is no ‘death’ of these chemicals, meaning they do not break down over time, but appear they will live on “forever”.  PFAS chemicals are not regulated by the U.S. government so it is up to individual states to determine and regulate PFAS chemicals to protect their residents.  Many states are not addressing the PFAS problem, but some are. Here are some state laws being proposed or enacted to help protect state residents by at least minimizing exposure to the dangers of PFAS.