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California Sues 'Natural' Companies Over Carcinogen in Soaps

Article: California Sues 'Natural' Companies Over Carcinogen in Soaps

SACRAMENTO, California, June 10, 2008 (ENS) – California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. has filed a lawsuit against companies that manufacture or distribute body care and household cleaning products that have tested highest for the carcinogenic chemical 1,4-dioxane. The lawsuit was filed May 29 in the Alameda County Superior Court. Named as defendants are…

Asbestos Risk Closes Central California's Clear Creek Area

Article: Asbestos Risk Closes Central California's Clear Creek Area

HOLLISTER, California, May 1, 2008 (ENS) – People enjoying recreational activities at the Clear Creek Management Area in central California may not realize it but they are exposing themselves to high levels of asbestos in the soil, which increases their risk of developing cancer. Based on the findings of a new study of asbestos exposure…

W.R. Grace Hit With Record Superfund Fine for Libby Asbestos

Article: W.R. Grace Hit With Record Superfund Fine for Libby Asbestos

WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – W.R. Grace, a global supplier of specialty chemicals, has agreed to pay $250 million, the highest sum in the history of the Superfund program, to reimburse the federal government for the costs of the investigation and cleanup of asbestos contamination in the town of Libby, Montana, the Justice…

A Closer Look at Leather: Part 2

Article: A Closer Look at Leather: Part 2

On Monday [www.sundance.tv] we started peeking into the production of leather, talking about whether or not it’s a material that gets the TreeHugger stamp of approval. We mentioned vegetable tanning, generally considered to be the least harmful of all leather-tanning methods. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the process known as mineral tanning. Mineral…