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The working materials in the NRDC Document Bank are listed in reverse chronological order. For additional policy materials including reports and issue papers, see the Issues section of the main NRDC site.

NRDC Antibiotics Use Policy for Poultry

Policy and sign-on document for for Antibiotic Stewardship in Poultry Production (December 2013).

UNEP Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury

Documents relating to work to prepare for the entry into force of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Results of the sixth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury, Bangkok, 3-7 November 2014.

NRDC Letter of Support for the LAUSD Board Resolution Good Food Procurement Resolution 2014 (Zimmer)

NRDC Letter of Support for the LAUSD Board Resolution Good Food Procurement Resolution 2014 (Zimmer). November 13, 2014.

NRDC comments to the EPA IRIS Program on the NRC Recommendations on systematic review, October, 2014

Comments to the EPA IRIS program on systematic review by NRDC and supported by over 30 groups including public health groups, community health groups, labor unions, and medical professionals. October, 2014

NRDC and Others Petition FDA to Ban Toxic Chemicals Used in Pizza Boxes and Other Food Packaging

The Natural Resources Defense Council and several groups filed two petitions urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban perchlorate, which is added to sealing gaskets for food containers and to reduce static in dry food packaging, as well as a family of chemicals -- known as long-chain perfluorocarboxylates -- used to keep grease out of paper and paperboard, such as pizza boxes and sandwich wrappers. They have a potential to harm fetal development, male reproductive systems, pre-and-post natal brain development and to cause cancer.

Srebotnjak and Sass paper on Fracking and Health October 2014

A paper given by Jennifer Sass, Keynote speaker, for a symposium on Fracking and Health hosted by the Center for Environmental Health on October 2014.

Comments to EPA: Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals & Mixtures (September 12, 2014)

Comment letter submitted to EPA by NRDC and other organizations regarding EPA’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) on the disclosure of hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures.

NRDC v. FDA - Petition for rehearing en banc in Case No. 12-2106

Case No. 12-2106: Petition for rehearing en banc in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals by Natural Resources Defense Council; Center for Science in the Public Interest; Food Animal Concerns Trust; Public Citizen; and Union of Concerned Scientists, Inc.

Plaintiffs have petitioned for a full-court review of the appeals court's 2-1 decision, issued July 24, 2014, holding that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not required to take any action in response to its formal findings that approved drug uses are "not shown to be safe" for human health. FDA has long approved the practice of adding antibiotics to animal feed, which the agency acknowledges contributes to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that threaten human health. Date: September 8, 2014

FSIS Inspection Reports for Foster Farms

Records provided to NRDC by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request filed March 7, 2014. NRDC requested that FSIS provide "any written findings of non-compliance, including but not limited to Notices of Suspension, Notices of Intended Enforcement, and Noncompliance reports, and any additional correspondence, including emails, with Foster Farms related to enforcement, microbiological or residue testing, or food safety concerns" from January 2009 through March 2014. In response, FSIS provided data that includes nearly 500 violations from September 30, 2013 through March 6, 2014, presented in chronological order. The location of each noncompliance report can be determined by the establishment number indexed in FSIS's directory of inspected facilities (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/a5c2b5c8-92e0-4565-8999-f2fb75bfdb05/MPI_Directory_Establishment_Number.pdf?MOD=AJPERES). All data received is published without modification.

NRDC comments on EPA trichloroethylene risk assessment for TSCA work plan

Comments by Jennifer Sass on the EPA risk assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE) health risks from uses in degreading, spot cleaning and arts & crafts uses (June 2014)

Appeals court decision on NRDC’s lawsuit against FDA for failing to address antibiotic overuse in livestock production

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have to consider banning the practice of regularly feeding antibiotics to animals that are not sick despite its finding that such misuse of antibiotics threatens the effectiveness of essential human medicines.

The appeals court overturned two district court rulings in cases brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other groups, which directed the FDA to stop the routine use of certain antibiotics in healthy animals unless drug manufacturers proved the safety of such use.

Petition for Interim Administrative Review of Neonicotinoid Pesticides

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) petitions the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to undertake urgent interim administrative review of neonicotinoid pesticides in light of serious potential harm to honey bees and native bees.

NRDC comments on proposed voluntary cancellation for flea collars with propoxur; EPA-­-HQ-­-OPP-­-2009-­-0207; 79 Federal Register 3586

NRDC comments on proposed voluntary cancellation by Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc. and Wellmark International of their pet collars impregnated with the pesticide propoxur. NRDC supports the immediate cancellation of propoxur-formulated pet collar product registrations to address the unacceptable risk posed to young children.

Letter to Hon. Mark Langer re Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., Case No. 14-1017 Notice of Supplemental Authority 28(j)

Notice of Supplemental Authority 28(j), USCA Case #14-1017 directing EPA to respond to NRDC's petitions to cancel certain pet uses of the pesticides propoxur and tetrachlorvinphos, February 20, 2014.

Estimated Annual Outflows of Mercury-Containing Thermostats in the State of Rhode Island

Study performed by Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA) finding that almost 260,000 mercury thermostats are currently in use in Rhode Island, and that an average of 8,900-11,400 mercury thermostats will be discarded each year from 2014-2019. The study relies upon surveys and statistical techniques to derive these findings, similar to the study SERA conducted on behalf of thermostat manufacturers in California, and relied upon by state officials in California to set mercury thermostat collection goals for the industry take-back program. A similar study for the State of Illinois was published last month.

Coalition letter on chlorpyrifos pesticide hazards

Californians for Pesticide Reform and over 70 other groups including NRDC outline evidence of how use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in California has contaminated our environment and people and could be harming children’s ability to learn. The letter urges the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to complete their own comprehensive assessment of chlorpyrifos.

Petition for a Writ of Mandamus and for Relief from Unreasonably Delayed Agency Action by the EPA

A petition for a writ of mandamus requiring EPA to respond to NRDC’s petitions to cancel the use of the pesticides propoxur and tetrachlorvinphos in flea collars and other pet products (February 6, 2014).

Testimony of Jennifer Sass on Testing of Chemicals and Reporting and Retention of Information under TSCA Sections 4 and 8

Testimony of Jennifer Sass, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at Natural Resources Defense Council on Testing of Chemicals and Reporting and Retention of Information under TSCA Sections 4 and 8 before the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

Testimony of Erik D. Olson on the Safety and Security of Drinking Water Supplies Following the Central West Virginia Drinking Water Crisis

Testimony of Erik D. Olson, Senior Strategic Director for Health & Food, Natural Resources Defense Council before the Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works at the hearing entitled Examination of the Safety and Security of Drinking Water Supplies Following the Central West Virginia Drinking Water Crisis, February 4, 2014.

FDA FOIA Documents

FDA internal scientific review documents on antibiotic feed additives received after FOIA litigation by NRDC, January 27, 2014

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Estimated Annual Outflow of Mercury-Containing Thermostats in Illinois

Study performed by Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA) finding that over 1.86 million mercury thermostats are currently in use in Illinois, and that an average of 102,000 mercury thermostats will be discarded each year from 2014-2019. The study relies upon surveys and statistical techniques to derive these findings, similar to the study SERA conducted on behalf of thermostat manufacturers in California, and relied upon by state officials in California to set mercury thermostat collection goals for the industry take-back program.

Letter regarding the Wilmington Valero Crude By Rail Project, 11/6/13

Letter signed by NRDC, Communities for a Better Environment, and Earth Justice regarding Valero’s proposed crude by rail project in Wilmington, reiterating serious health, safety, environmental and air quality impacts of the project, submitted to SCAQMD on November 6, 2013.

NRDC Fracking Moratorium Request to Governor Brown

NRDC’s September 3rd letter to Governor Brown formally requesting he use his executive authority to immediately enact a moratorium on fracking until the public health risks and environmental impacts have been studied and adequate regulatory safeguards put in place to protect against them.

Key Concerns with the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (Lautenberg/Vitter S.1009)

Summary of NRDC's key concerns with the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (S.1009), a bill introduced by Senators Lautenberg and Vitter to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the law intended to regulate toxic chemicals.

Powerpoint on GreenScreen and Nanosilver GreenScreen™

GreenScreen powerpoint is a short introduction and summary of the Green Screen hazard level screening assessment for chemicals. The Nanosilver GreenScreen™ is a short summary of the method and results of a GreenScreen assessment of nanosilver and silver.

Powerpoint Presentation of The Promise and Peril of the "New Bioeconomy": Synthetic Biology's Implications for the Environment, Health and Justice

Powerpoint presentation hosted by the Emerg Tech workgroup, and brought to us from our Friends and FoE on June 5th, 2013. The powerpoint provides an overview of synthetic biology technologies, the state of the industry, the risks synthetic biology poses to the environment and local communities, and the need for precaution when dealing with novel synthetic organisms.

NRDC Concerns With the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (Lautenberg/Vitter S.1009)

NRDC fact sheet outlining our concerns with the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (Lautenberg/Vitter S.1009).

Environmental Group Comment Letter on GE salmon to FDA 4-26-13

NRDC public letter insisting that the FDA suspend consideration of AquaBounty Technologies’ GE salmon until a thorough environmental impact statement can be completed.

ASBC public comments for National Academies meeting on styrene and formaldehyde March, 2013.

American Small Business Council (ASBC; Mary Kearns) public comments for National Academies meeting on styrene and formaldehyde, Washington DC, March 19, 2013.

NRDC public comments for National Academies meeting on styrene and formaldehyde March, 2013.

NRDC public comments for National Academies meeting on styrene and formaldehyde, Washington DC, March 19, 2013.

Halogenated Fire Retardants (HFRs) in Healthcare

This slideshow, by Sarah Janssen, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council, examines the use of halogenated flame retardants (HFRs) in health care along with the potential routes of exposure to the chemicals and the associated health risks. The slideshow also discusses alternatives to using the chemical in healthcare institutions.

Left-Out: An Investigation of the Causes & Quantities of Crop Shrink

This research report adds to the current body of knowledge surrounding how much safe, edible produce is available for harvest but never reaches retail or foodservice customers, why these crops are diverted, and what appropriate next steps can be taken to reduce the volume of these diverted crops.

Prevent the Sequester to Protect Our Air, Water, Wildlife and Public Lands: Funding Cuts Will Threaten Jobs, Recreation, and Public Health

An analysis of budget sequestration impacts to the environment and natural resources authored by the Natural Resources Defense Council, World Wildlife Fund, The Wilderness Society, American Forests, National Parks Conservation Foundation, Marine Conservation Institute, and Defenders of Wildlife.

China Shipping Appellate Opinion

Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 4, California Opinion in NRDC v City of Los Angeles re China Shipping terminal ordering the Port to stop all construction and operation of the project until it complied with CEQA.

Flyer Urging Trader Joe's To Be A Fearless Leader

Flyer urging Trader Joe's to lead the way for all responsible grocers by selling only meat raised without antibiotics, and help stop the spread of deadly, antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ in humans.

Scientists letter to Congress re FY13 ROC budget

A letter signed by over 70 health scientists supporting the budget for the Report on Carcinogens (ROC), and opposing chemical industry attempts to delay or discredit the ROC.

Letter urging New York State and New York City to support wholesale farmers' market in Bronx's Hunts Point

NRDC and about 40 other organizations have joined together to encourage New York State and New York City to support a much-needed wholesale farmers’ market in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx. The group submitted a letter to state and city officials, calling on them to ensure that the market becomes a reality for New York City.

Letters to the FDA in support of curtailing the overuse of antibiotics in food animal production

Letters requesting that the federal government accelerate and expand actions to curtail the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food animal production.

Petition to FDA to Ban Lindane in Lice Treatments, June 11, 2010

Petition submitted to the FDA on June 11, 2010 by NRDC and ten supporting organizations to ban the use of lindane in lice treatments.

Court Order on NRDC v. US FDA summary judgment, March 22, 2012

This decision by a federal court directs the FDA to reexamine its decision to deny two Citizen Petitions filed in 1999 and 2005. The Court ruled that FDA cannot sidestep a decision on whether the use in animal feed of antibiotics covered by the Petitions is shown to be safe for human health.

FDA Response to NRDC Petition

A letter from FDA in response to NRDC citizen petition on Oct 28, 2008, requesting that the Comissioner of Food and Drugs issue a regulation prohibiting th euse of BPA in human food and food packaging.

Antibiotics Order

Antibiotics Order

Climate and health briefer for Ohio

Ohio has a significant interest in the pending action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect Americans from dangerous carbon pollution from new power plants – pollution that threatens the health of Ohio residents and other Americans and also fuels some of the increasingly extreme weather in Ohio and the rest of the U.S.

Climate and health briefer for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has a significant interest in the pending action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect Americans from dangerous carbon pollution from new power plants – pollution that threatens the health of Pennsylvania residents and other Americans and also fuels some of the increasingly extreme weather in Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S.

Memo in support of NRDC MSJ 10.6.11

On October 6, 2011, NRDC and its partners filed arguments in their May 2011 lawsuit against FDA over the risky use in animal feed of antibiotics important to human medicine. The suit seeks to compel the FDA to take action on the agency’s own 35-year-old safety findings, withdrawing approval for most non-therapeutic uses of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed.

Memo in support of FDA MSJ and Response 1.9.12

On January 9, 2012, the FDA filed its response to arguments made by NRDC and its partners in their May 2011 lawsuit against FDA over the risky use in animal feed of antibiotics important to human medicine. This suit seeks to compel the FDA to take action on the agency’s own 35-year-old safety findings, withdrawing approval for most non-therapeutic uses of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed.

Letter to EPA on hex chrome IRIS assessment

Letter from NRDC and supporters urging EPA Administrator Jackson to finalize the hexavalent chromium (Cr6) health assessment done by the EPA IRIS program.

TRAIN Act Fact Sheet

This fact sheet describes the most harmful provisions of the TRAIN Act (H.R. 2401). It also summarizes the devastating human health impacts this Act would incur.

How the TRAIN Act Has Changed Since Its Introduction

This fact sheet explains how the TRAIN Act (H.R. 2401) has become a much more deadly bill after being amended in Full Committee. While TRAIN, as originally introduced, merely required a committee to study EPA rules, the version the House is scheduled to vote on could permanently block two clean air safeguards—the Mercury and Air Toxics standards, which limit mercury and other toxic air pollution, and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which curbs smog and soot pollution from power plants that crosses state lines.

Green Group CEO Letter to Congressional Leaders Urging for a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction

As congressional leaders prepare to create the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Natural Resource Defense Council President Frances Beinecke and leaders of 11 other environmental groups identified several areas where the committee could make cuts without endangering Americans’ health and environment.

Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States

The electric sector is the largest source of industrial emissions of toxic air pollution in the United States, accounting for nearly 50 percent of all reported toxic pollution from industrial sources in 2009. This analysis exposes the leading role power plants play as toxic polluters and for the "Toxic 20" states with the most toxic pollution from power plants.

Green Group CEOs letter to President Obama emphasizing the need to include revenues in a debt limit agreement

Letter from Green Group CEOs to President Obama as debt ceiling negotiations continue, emphasizing the need to include revenues in any debt limit agreement. The letter points out that dealing with the deficit without raising significant additional revenues is quite simply a decision to dismember vital programs on which the public depends, including those that protect health and the environment, provide for conservation and recreation, and maintain critical infrastructure.

Comparison of Baldwin Hills Oil Field Restrictions

This chart explains the additional health and environmental safeguards that NRDC and community groups achieved through their July 2011 settlement of four lawsuits over oil drilling near the Baldwin Hills neighborhoods of south Los Angeles. The settlement’s provisions, when added to existing safeguards in the 2008 Community Standards District, provide residents with significantly greater protections from the effects of oil drilling than existed previously.

Jennfer Sass testimony on Delaware BPA bill

Jennifer Sass, Ph.D. Senior Scientist, Health and Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council, testimony on Delaware BPA-ban, SB70.

Suit Against FDA for Failing to Address Health Threat Posed by Overuse of Antibiotics in Animal Feed

Lawsuit filed May 25, 2011 by a coalition of health and consumer organizations to compel FDA to 1.) take action on the agency’s own safety findings, withdrawing approval for most non-therapeutic uses of penicillin and tetracyclines in animal feed and 2.) respond to the citizen petitions filed by several of the plaintiffs in 1999 and 2005.

Intolerable Risk: Pesticides in Our Children's Food

This is the summary from a 1989 study which analyzed the potential harm -- cancer risk and neurotoxicity -- to American children during the first 6 years of life from exposure to 23 agrichemicals found in common fruits and vegetables, and considered the adequacy of the pesticide regulatory system to protect them. NRDC's report represents the first detailed analysis of children's exposure to pesticides in food and a determination of the potential hazard that these residues pose to children.

A Section-by-Section of Analysis of AEP Legislation

American Electric Power (AEP) is promoting on Capitol Hill a sweeping, 56-page bill it drafted to weaken and delay federal clean air standards. AEP lobbyists wrote the bill, dubbed it the Electric Power Regulatory Coordination Act of 2011, and then went looking for lawmakers to sponsor it. Here is a section by sectiob breakdown of this bill.

Letter from NRDC to WHO/ILSI/OECD

A letter from NRDC in response to a workshop on Risk Assessment, Feb, 2011, co-hosted by the World Health Organization and ILSI, a corporate trade organization.

The President's Cancer Panel Report: The Implications for Reforming our Nation's Policies on Toxic Chemicals

This fact sheet, produced with the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, explains the May 2010 report from the President's Cancer Panel titled 'Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now'.

Environmental Community Letter to President Obama Regarding Natural Gas Production

While natural gas is cleaner burning than other fossil fuels, it is still a fossil fuel and its exploration and production comes with a host of environmental and health threats. This letter outlines environmental and health concerns regarding onshore natural gas production and the principles that must guide national policy. This is an updated version of the letter sent to the President and includes an additional signatory.

Supplement to Natural Resources Defense Council's Petition to Cancel Pet Collar Uses for the Pesticide Propoxur

This document is a supplement to NRDC's petition to EPA requesting that they ban the use of the pesticide propoxur in pet products. It provides additional evidence demonstrating that flea collars formulated with propoxur are dangerous for children due to unsafe levels of pesticide residue left on pet fur during normal use.

Superior Court of California Judgment Requiring Flea Collars Containing Propoxur to Include Warning Labels

This document includes the final order issued by the California Superior Court of California approving the settlement in the lawsuit NRDC filed to require manufacturers and distributors of flea collars containing propoxur to include warning labels as required by California law.

EPA Memorandum -- Residential Exposure and Risk Assessment for Propoxur Formulated Pet Collars

This document summarizes EPA's most recent safety assessment of flea collars with the chemical propoxur. The April 7, 2010 memo states (on page 10) that EPA found "risks that are of concern to the Agency" for children. The July 12, 2010 memo adjusts the numbers but comes to the same conclusion about unacceptable risk.

Gulf Coast Seafood Consumption Survey

This document summarizes the results of an independent survey of seafood consumption rates of Gulf Coast residents and compares them to the estimates used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish safe levels of oil spill contaminants.

FDA Seafood Consumption Survey Letter, December 8, 2010

This document is a letter signed by 37 local and national groups urging FDA to reassess the cut-off levels used for contaminants in Gulf seafood to assure that local dietary patterns and other vulnerabilities are incorporated, and to assure Gulf coast residents that their health is protected in decisions about seafood safety.

2010 Report: U.S. Implementation of the Water for the Poor Act

Billions of people lack access to clean water and safe sanitation which has catastrophic consequences for human health and well-being. Diarrhea caused by unsafe water and sanitation kills more children under 5 per year than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. The good news is that we have the tools to solve this global crisis. In 2005 the Water for the Poor Act took a historic step calling for bold U.S. action to bring clean water and sanitation to the world. This November 2010 report provides a comprehensive assessment of the steps the U.S. government still needs to take to protect human health and the environment.

Nanomaterials: health and policy considerations, Society of Environmental Journalists, Annual meeting, Montana, 2010

Jennifer Sass, NRDC presentation of Nanomaterials: health and policy considerations, Society of Environmental Journalists, Annual meeting, Montana, 2010

NRDC Sign On Letter Opposing Budget Cuts to IPM Centers

Sign on letters to Senate and House opposing the cuts in the proposed FY2011 budget that would slash federal funds to the Regional IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Centers.

FDA letter on Gulf Seafood Safety

Letter to the Food and Drug Administration making recommendations to improve the monitoring and assessment of seafood safety in the Gulf following the BP oil spill disaster.

NOAA letter on Gulf Seafood Safety

Letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration making recommendations to improve the monitoring and assessment of seafood safety in the Gulf following the BP oil spill disaster.

Petition to Revoke All Tolerances and Cancel All Registrations for the Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revoke all tolerances and cancel all registrations for the pesticide chlorpyrifos.

Letter to EPA on Gulf Coast Air Monitoring

Coalition letter to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, Lisa Jackson, requesting improvements to the air quality monitoring conducted in response to the Gulf Oil Spill. The letter addresses community health issues associated with the oil spill and clean-up and makes recommendations for improvements to the collection of monitoring data and the communication of results.

NRDC and Gulf Coast Community Letter to Department of Labor

Letter requests U.S. Department of Labor to take specific steps to protect the health of fishermen and workers working in oil-contaminated areas post BP oil spill.

Flea Collar Checklist

Customer checklist to survey toxic flea and tick collar products on PETCO and PetSmart shelves.

Letter from NRDC President Frances Beinecke to President Obama regarding scope of independent investigation of Gulf oil disaster.

The letter to the President recommends that the independent commission being established by the President be given a broad mandate to investigate the causes of the Gulf oil disaster spill, the adequacy of the response, the regulatory changes needed to protect the environment and prevent such a disaster in the future and the implications of its findings for determining the location and extent of future offshore drilling.

Dosed Without Prescription: Preventing Pharmaceutical Contamination of Our Nation’s Drinking Water

The presence of pharmaceuticals in our waterways and drinking water has gained national attention among lawmakers, regulators, and the public. Prescription drugs can enter water through manufacturing waste, human or animal excretion, runoff from animal feeding operations, leaching from municipal landfills, or improper disposal. With many questions still unanswered regarding the scope of the problem and its consequences for human health and the environment, NRDC conducted an extensive survey of the scientific data, legal analyses, and existing advocacy campaigns around this issue. In this January 2010 white paper we offer our findings and several recommendations related to drug design, approval, production, use, and disposal to curb the flow of pharmaceuticals entering our water systems and lessen the impacts of the pollution they cause.

New Orleans Clean-Up Letter to Administrator Jackson from National and Community Groups, November 17, 2009

Letter submitted to the EPA Administrator during her November 17, 2009 Brownfields Conference in New Orleans, informing her of the results of NRDC’s new research on arsenic in soil in New Orleans pre- and post-Katrina, and asking for her help to clean-up New Orleans and help prevent future environmental disasters in New Orleans and elsewhere.

NRDC Comments for Nanosilver SAP November 2009

Comments from the Natural Resources Defense Council for the November 3-6, 2009, FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) session entitled “Assessment of Hazard and Exposure Associated with Nanosilver and other Nanometal Pesticide Products”

NRDC Comments for Atrazine SAP November 2009

Comments from the Natural Resources Defense Council to the EPA meeting of the FIFRA SAP to present the approach to re-evaluate atrazine

Climate Change and Health Letter in Support For Public Health Adaptation Provisions of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (S.1733)

This letter, signed October 14 2009 by a coalition of 24 environmental, science & public health groups including NRDC, was sent to Senators Boxer, Kerry, Baucus and Bingaman in support of legislative action to address the critical climate challenge, and specifically the public health adaptation language and new funding provisions in the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (S.1733).

Comments in Response to the Presidential Memorandum on Scientific Integrity

NRDC makes recommendations for the enforcement of strong and effective policies to identify and disclose and prevent financial conflicts and competing interests among government scientific and technical experts.

Complaint for Citizen Lawsuit Against PPG Industries Urging Swift Clean-Up of Urban Toxic Waste Site

This document is a copy of the legal complaint issued by NRDC on behalf of the Interfaith Community Organization against PPG Industries regarding PPG’s failure to clean up a Jersey City, NJ site contaminated with the carcinogenic toxic hexavalent chromium.

Complaint filed against Consumer Product Safety Commission for unlawful interpretation of phthalates ban.

Complaint filed by NRDC and Public Citizen to challenge the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s unlawful determination that a ban on phthalates in children’s toys does not apply to items manufactured before the effective date of the ban.  The lawsuit is intended to protect children from harmful exposure to phthalates in toys and prevent consumer confusion about whether toys on store shelves contain phthalates or not. 

Preliminary Assessment of Trade in Bigleaf Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)

This June 2006 assessment finds that Swietenia macrophylla King (Meliaceae) is gravely threatened because of over-exploitation, illegal logging and and a failure to adhere to the requirements of CITES Appendix II.

IRIS Political Interference Letter from Health and Environment Groups

Over fifty environmental and public health groups join together to ask EPA to withdraw recent White House imposed changes to the EPA chemical assessment program, the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS).

Testimony from Jennifer Sass on EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program

Jennifer Sass, NRDC Public Health Program, testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Investigation and Oversight Subcommittee about EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program, September 18, 2008.

NRDC Comments on the Draft FDA Assessment Bisphenol A

Sarah Janssen, an NRDC scientist and physician, testified before an FDA panel that NRDC strongly disagrees with the draft FDA conclusion that current levels of exposure to BPA are safe for human consumption.

Potential Exposure-Related Human Health Effects of Oil and Gas Development

In September, 2008, experts at the University of Colorado School of Public Health completed a review of data and scientific articles about the health effects of oil and gas drilling and production on neighboring communities. They found that the chemicals being used and produced pose a potential health risk to local residents, and recommended a thorough health impact assessment before expansion of oil and gas activities. Their findings are detailed in these two papers.

Letter To EPA Opposing White House Interference In Iris Chemical Assessment Program

Over fifty environmental and public health groups join together to ask EPA to withdraw recent White House imposed changes to the EPA chemical assessment program, the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS).

NRDC Comments on the Draft FDA Assessment Bisphenol A

Sarah Janssen, an NRDC scientist and physician, testified before an FDA panel that NRDC strongly disagrees with the draft FDA conclusion that current levels of exposure to BPA are safe for human consumption.

Cost of Excess Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Visits for the 2006 California Heat Wave

NRDC conducted an economic analysis of the costs to society of the additional hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits associated with the summer 2006 California heat wave, and found an estimated $133 million in costs, including direct medical charges and the indirect costs of lost productivity and leisure time.

Nanomaterials in Waste Water: for the Region VI Pretreatment Association, U.S. EPA, and State EPA Region VI. Oklahoma City, August, 2008

Jennifer Sass, NRDC presentation of Nanomaterials in Waste Water: for the Region VI Pretreatment Association, U.S. EPA, and State EPA Region VI. Oklahoma City, August, 2008.

Phthalates FOIA Complaint Against CPSC

NRDC filed this lawsuit against the Consumer Product Safety Commission on July 30, 2008, for failure to produce records pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.  NRDC seeks a court order compelling the CPSC to release the requested records at no cost.

Complaint Against EPA About Dangerous Chemicals and Toxins in Air Fresheners

Complaint filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California San Francisco Division on June 13 2008.

Toxic Communities: How EPA's IRIS Program Fails The Public

Testimony of Linda Greer, PH.D Director, Health Program Natural Resources Defense Council before the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight at hearing entitled: Toxic Communities: How EPA's IRIS Program Fails the Public

NGO Sign On Letter for NASS Database

A coalition letter signed by many public interest groups opposing funding cuts to the NASS database that collects and publicly reports on pesticide use data across the country.

Prominent Scientists Call on EPA to Ban Endosulfan

A long list of prominent scientists support the NRDC petition to ban endosulfan, a persistent, bioaccumulative and highly toxic insecticide.

Testimony from Linda Greer on Mercury Legislation

Testimony from Linda Greer, senior scientist and director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's public health program, on mercury legislation before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, May 13, 2008.

NRDC comments on SAP nominees

NRDC comments on the nominees for the Scientific Advisory Panel charged with reviewing the science underpinning the regulation of pesticides, and providing advice to the EPA Office of Pesticides.

NRDC and EDF letter to EPA on new IRIS process

The NRDC has joined with EDF to send a letter blasting the new procedures to review chemical hazards for the EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database, used to set exposure limits for toxic chemicals. The letter charges that the new procedures allow increased interference by the White House and federal polluting agencies such as the Department of Defense.

NRDC and Coalition Protest EPA Actions to Remove Scientist from PBDE Panel

Scientists from public interest groups and federal agencies sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator today, protesting the removal of  a well respected toxicologist from the scientific panel that was providing expert peer review of the EPA health assessment of toxic brominated flame retardants.

NRDC Petition to Ban Endosulfan

About 1.4 million pounds of endosulfan, a persistent, bioaccumulative and highly toxic insecticide, are used in the United States each year. Endosulfan, an endocrine disruptor and a neurotoxicant, is harmful to human health and the environment.

NRDC Comments on Nanoparticles in Sunscreens, Cosmetics, and Personal Care Products

An explosion of nanotechnology research has lead to a variety of promising new discoveries ranging from potential cancer treatments and energy production methods to the prevention of coffee stains, skin wrinkles, and bad hair days. While little is understood about the potential health and environmental implications of the widespread use of nano-sized chemicals, preliminary research indicates that there is cause for concern.

Atrazine Contamination in Six U.S. States

Elevated levels of Atrazine, a cancer-causing pesticide commonly used in corn farming, continues to be found in drinking water sources across the Midwest. The six fact sheets below present NRDC's findings regarding atrazine contamination in Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Ohio.

Health Risks to Children and Communities From Recent EPA Proposals and Decisions on Air and Water Quality

Testimony submitted to hearings before the Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senate on February 6, 2007.

Nanotechnologies and the Precautionary Principle

Every commercial sector, including food and agriculture, electronics, cosmetics, energy production, and medical devices is taking advantage of the properties of nanomaterials. These new properties, however, also confer new hazards. This presentation outlines precautionary recommendations for the nanotechnology industry that NRDC has developed to protect the public's health.

Tests Find High Mercury Levels Near Wisconsin Chlorine Plant

Air monitoring performed by NRDC and Oceana around the ERCO Worldwide chlor-alkali plant in Port Edwards, Wisconsin in June 2006 revealed concentrations up to 600 times the natural level.

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