Bloomberg News: Flooring, wallpaper emit toxic chemicals, group says in urging regulation.

U.S. homes may contain flooring and wallpaper that emit the types of toxic chemicals the Consumer Product Safety Commission has banned from toys, an environmental group said in urging expanded regulation of the substances. The building materials may expose kids to chemicals such as phthalates that were banned in children’s products in a 2008 overhaul of the CPSC, said Jeff Gearhart, research director at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which today released a study showing emissions from 3,000 products. Lead and cadmium also were found in some products, he said. “Toys aren’t the only source of exposure,” Gearhart said in an interview. “We really need a broader federal policy reform. We should be looking at chemicals in everything, not product by product.” Read more here.

Postmedia News: Feds should ban ‘dirty dozen’ chemicals: report.

Looking primped and polished can be hazardous to your health, according to a new report by the David Suzuki Foundation that’s calling on the government to do more to keep a “dirty dozen” toxic chemicals out of personal care products sold in Canada. The study looked at ingredient labels on more than 12,500 products ranging from makeup and lotions to deodorants and toothpaste. It found some 80 per cent of products contained at least one of 12 chemicals or groups of chemicals on a shortlist of common cosmetic ingredients deemed harmful to the environment and human health. Read more here.

Toronto Star: Canadian mining firms worst for environment, rights.

Canadian mining companies are far and away the worst offenders in environmental, human rights and other abuses around the world, according to a global study commissioned by an industry association but never made public.“Canadian companies have been the most significant group involved in unfortunate incidents in the developing world,” the report obtained by the Toronto Star concludes. . . . The problems involving Canada’s mining and exploration corporations go far beyond workplace issues. “Canadian companies are more likely to be engaged in community conflict, environmental and unethical behaviour, and are less likely to be involved in incidents related to occupational concerns.” Read more here.

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