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Flame Retardants
Garment Care
Laws & Regulation
Methyl Iodide
Ports and Goods Movement
Chemical Facility Safety

General STPP
November 13, 2013
STPP DIRECTOR EMERITUS HONORED - STPP Director Emeritus Dr. John Froines receives the prestigious 2013 Ramazzini Award in recognition of his outstanding work in occupational and environmental health. Press release

July 1, 2011
NEW GRANT AWARDED - UCLA Sustainable Technology Policy Program Receives Grant for evaluating pesticide approval in California. The Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation funds Environment & Health research to promote the long-term good health and viability of communities and regions by supporting programs to prevent harm to human health from toxic substances and other environmental hazards; by encouraging planning and development at the regional level, aimed at integrating economic and social goals with sound environmental policies; and by supporting initiatives for sustainability in agriculture and food systems. STPP will evaluate scientific and decision-making approaches used by California policy makers with respect to chemical fumigants.
Clarence E. Heller Foundation

April 25, 2011
NEW GRANT AWARDED - UCLA Sustainable Technology Policy Program Receives Grant from the California Metals Coalition (CMC) for an Alternatives Analysis on copper-based alloys currently in use in potable water applications. California's metalworking industry is arguably the world's leader for efficient, clean, and safe metal manufacturing. Our metalworking products and services are a direct reflection of the innovation and hard-work put forth by California's workforce and business leaders. When compared to manufacturing facilities around the world, California is often the place to find the most technologically advanced, and environmentally conscious metal manufacturers.

March 23, 2011
NEW GRANT AWARDED - UCLA Sustainable Technology Policy Program Receives Grant from UC MEXUS for development of a risk reduction methodology for hazardous waste sites located in vulnerable communities. The case of "Santa Maria Picula" an indigenous community in "La Huasteca Potosina" where children are exposed to manganese, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and DDT. Since its establishment in 1980, the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) has maintained the primary mission of developing and sustaining a coordinated, Universitywide approach to Mexico-related studies. UC MEXUS promotes education, research, public service, and other scholarly activities.

October 1, 2010
UCLA: Air Quality Agency Honors Environmental Professor

Air Quality Management District: Clean Air Award

NEW GRANTS AWARDED - Helping Inform California's Green Chemistry Initiative. The Public Health Trust announces six grants for projects to inform or support the development of "Green Chemistry" regulations, practices and policy in California...The Sustainable Technology and Policy Program at UCLA will bring together experts in toxicology, alternatives assessment, decision analysis and policy to develop regulatory alternatives analysis methodologies. The program will also create practical software tools for identifying safer substitutes for consumer products that contain chemical hazards.
Public Health Trust

UCLA Sustainable Technology Policy Program Receives Grant for Alternatives Assessment -- December 10, 2009
The Sustainable Technology Policy Program, an interdisciplinary project of UCLA School of Law and the UCLA School of Public Health, has received a research grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research Program to study safer alternatives to the use of lead in industrial and consumer products and processes. The grant, in the amount of $400,000, will fund the 2 ½ year study “Deploying Safer Alternatives through Public Health Law.” UCLA School of Law Professor Timothy Malloy and Dr. Peter Sinsheimer, of the UCLA School of Public Health, will lead the study. Dr. John Froines and Dr. Hilary Godwin of the School of Public Health are also participating in the study. For more details, go to: Public Health Law Research

April 3, 2012
BPA Gets a Reprieve — for Now

March 30, 2012
How Much BPA Exposure Is Dangerous?

March 29, 2012
FDA Close To BPA Decision Crucial For Health Of Poor Children

Flame Retardants
January 1, 2014
California couches are no longer required to include flame retardants, but exposure will likely remain a risk

March 30, 2012
New chemicals piling up in environment: Replacements for old flame retardants

Garment Care
January 22, 2013
Six Santa Monica Dry Cleaning Businesses Busted for Misleading Customers

August 2, 2011
Fire Destroys Dry Cleaner; Workers Escape Unharmed

July, 11, 2011
FTC is requesting public comments on clothing care label

May 2, 2011
Fire destroys dry cleaning business

March 12, 2011
N. Merrick fire being investigated

March 8, 2011
LA Times: California ban on dry-cleaning chemical perc replaces federal rule

February 5, 2011
Man burned in dry cleaner's explosion

May 26, 2010
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Consumers Must Sort Out Truth of "Eco-Friendly" Claims

May 6, 2010
Chicago Tribune: Greenwashing

August 10, 2009
Fire destroys Belleville cleaners, leaves a dozen homeless

May 25, 2009
Clean, green clothing; More New Jersey laundry services are trading traditional chemicals for earth-friendly methods

May 20, 2009
Cleaners Re-opens After Explosion

January 12, 2009
It May Market Organic Alternatives, but Is Your Cleaner Really Greener?

December 1, 2008
Organic dry cleaning a greener choice?

November 7, 2008
Green Scene: Organic Dry Cleaning

June 2, 2008
Sunshine Cleaners in Sausalito first to use nontoxic alternative

April 1, 2008
Calif. Dry Cleaners Go Green

February 5, 2008
Dry Cleaner Blues

January 17, 2008
UC policy report says chemical exposures cost state estimated $2.6 billion

January 8, 2008
Dry cleaners see few perks in using perc

January 5, 2008
Fire Destroys Uptown Bibbentuckers Dry Cleaner

November 14, 2007
Being green while staying clean in Malibu

October 10, 2007
Fire destroys dry cleaner's

June 16, 2007
Fire destroys longtime dry cleaners in Miami

May 10, 2007
ADC's Green Dryers are Eco-Friendly, Free of Toxic Dry Cleaner Laundry Chemicals and Now Approved for Professional Wet Cleaning

January 26, 2007
California to Phase Out Dry-cleaning Solvent

January 17, 2007
Wet is the New Dry

September 21, 2006
Activists Challenge EPA Rule Allowing Continued Use of Toxic Solvent

August 6, 2006
Greater Alarm Commercial Fire Destroys Dry Cleaners

January 14, 2006
Fire destroys North Side cleaners

January 10, 2005
Some Dry Cleaners Turning to... Wet Cleaning

February 3, 2003
Explosion rocks dry cleaners

December 9, 2002
California Agency Passes Rule on Use of Perc in Dry Cleaning

August 20, 2001
Fire Destroys Fayetteville Dry Cleaners

April, 7, 1997
SHERMAN OAKS : Blaze Destroys Dry-Cleaning Shop

Laws & Regulation
March 14, 2014
State of California requires substitution or removal for three toxic products under the Green Chemistry Law

January 10, 2014
Local news coverage on a public listening session on improving chemical facility safety and security by modernizing policy, regulations, and standards hosted at UCLA

October 1, 2013
STPP's Prof. Tim Malloy discusses California's new chemical regulations

March 31, 2013
As OSHA Emphasizes Safety, Long Term Health Risks of nPB Fester

March 15, 2012
Legislative battle over cosmetics regulations may not be pretty

January 1, 2012
Toxics in Consumer Products: California's Green Chemistry Regulations at a Crossroad

June 11, 2011
The National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures releases its Action Agenda

March 25, 2011
STPP Comments on November 15, 2010 Draft Regulations for Safer Consumer Products AB 1879

April 10, 2012
There is evidence that childhood exposure to lead causes permanent damage

March 7, 2012
Lawmakers gird for renewed debate on lead poisoning

February 8, 2012
NAFTA Lead Battery Poisoning Probe to Focus on Mexico

February 3, 2012
Advocates for lead shot obfuscate the debate

January 31, 2012
Chicago water sampling shows high levels of lead

January 30, 2012
Small planes still pour lead into skies

January 15, 2012
Ames Lab metallurgist invents innovative lead-free solder

May 10, 2011
Major Oil Companies Named in California Legal Action to Stop Pollution from Leaded Aviation Gas

January 12, 2010
Four Promising Alternatives to the Lead Acid Battery

Methyl Iodide
September 23, 2013
STPP Releases Report on Methyl Iodide Registration Process

March 29, 2012
Anti-methyl iodide professor says it’s time for alternatives

January 12, 2012
Judge Puts Onus on State to Prove It Considered Methyl Iodide Alternatives

August 30, 2011
State Officials Ignored Scientists in Approving Pesticide

July 25, 2011
Editorial: Governor Brown should rescind methyl iodide

March 10, 2011
The controversial fumigant methyl iodide may soon be applied to local fields, despite dire warnings from some of the best scientific minds in the country

February 24, 2011
Democrats may revoke methyl iodide authorization

February 23, 2011
Renowned Scientists Speak Out Against Toxic Pesticide, Methyl Iodide

February 22, 2011
Methyl Iodide Battered, Fried at State Hearing

First California Applications of Controversial Fumigant Expected Soon

January 5, 2011
California Sued to Block Strawberry Fumigant Methyl Iodide

January 3, 2011
Farmworkers Challenge Approval of Methyl Iodide on Strawberry Fields

December 27, 2010
NPR Marketplace: Can Methyl Iodide Be Used as a Pesticide?

July 16, 2010
Dem Lawmakers Enter Fumigant Fray

June 20, 2010
Controversial Pesticide Worries Scientists

June 18, 2010
Dispute Over Pesticide for California Strawberries Has Implications Beyond State

Without a question one of the most toxic chemicals on earth

June 17, 2010
Scientists tell State Regulators Methyl Iodide is Too Toxic to be Used on Crops

June 15, 2010
Strawberry Fields Forewarning

April 30, 2010
Critic Calls Methyl Iodide Unsafe for Use in the State

State Pesticide Regulators Ready to OK Controversial Fumigant

February 28, 2011
Conference focuses on regulation of nanotechnology

January 31, 2011
UCLA Law professor makes the case for a new type of regulation of nanotechnology

September 15, 2010
Nanosilver Stinks

Ports and Goods Movement
March 2, 2012
Daylight at Last for Study of Diesel Lung Cancer Risks

Februray 6, 2012
Landmark diesel exhaust study stalled amid industry and congressional objections

February 5, 2012
Diesel report’s publication delayed as industry demands to see documents first

January 25, 2012
Asthma Rate and Costs from Traffic Pollution Higher: Much Higher Than Past Traditional Risk Assessments Have Indicated

Chemical Facility Safety
January 13, 2014
Recent W. Va. chemical spill underscores the lack of available safety data for many chemicals in use today.
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