Cal/ EPA DTSC Green Ribbon Science Panel

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 in Chemicals Policy, Crafting Policies, Developing Tools and Practices, Governments, What I'm Working On | 1 comment

Dr. Ann Blake has been reappointed to the Green Ribbon Science Panel, created by AB 1879, the statute that created the Safer Consumer Products program. The 2014 Green Ribbon Science Panel has 15 members consisting of reappointed members from the first Panel and new experts.  This Green Ribbon Science Panel will continue to advise the Department on a variety of scientific and technical matters related to Green Chemistry. Some specific topical...

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End of Life Treatment Options for Pharmaceutical Waste

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 in Chemicals Policy, Developing Tools and Practices, What I'm Working On | 0 comments

  Environmental & Public Health Consulting has completed a report covering incineration and non-incineration options for the treatment of residential pharmaceutical waste. The City and County of San Francisco, its neighboring counties and local government entities around the nation are anticipating a rise in pharmaceutical waste generated from local take-back programs. This July 2014 report will highlight current approaches as well as...

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California Issues Draft List of Priority Products for Alternatives Assessment

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 in Chemicals Policy, Crafting Policies, Developing Tools and Practices, What's on My Mind | 0 comments

On March 13, 2014, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued a draft list of priority products for assessment under the Safer Consumer Products regulations. This is a significant milestone in the development of the ground-breaking regulations. The California Safer Consumer Products regulations are the first attempt anywhere in the world to lay out a process for assessing safer...

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Ann Blake Speaks at Mount Holyoke College

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 in Chemicals Policy, Presentations, What I Do | 0 comments

Dr. Ann Blake, founder and principal of Environmental and Public Health Consulting, had the honor and distinct pleasure of speaking at her alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, on October 24, 2013. Here’s how the Miller Worley Center for the Environment at the College described her talk. Dr. Blake’s presentation was co-sponsored by the Politics Department at Mount Holyoke.   Potentially harmful chemicals are everywhere, including...

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Two Steps Forward? News for Chemicals in Products

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 in Chemicals Policy, What's on My Mind | 0 comments

It’s been a busy time in the chemicals world these last couple of months. The biggest challenge I face in writing this blog is riding the balance between reporting on progress in various industry sectors in selecting safer alternatives and the evidence of harm that continues to mount from our current way of managing chemicals. In the spirit of Stephen Colbert’s Tip of the Hat/ Wag of the Finger feature, therefore, I’m going to try and summarize...

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