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.
Letter Urging Yum! Brands to Commit to Antibiotic Stewardship
Letter submitted to Yum! Brands, signed by NRDC and more than 80 other organizations, urging the end to routine use of medically-important antibiotics across the company’s meat and poultry supply chains, January 28, 2016.
Certified GreenScreen of Clothianidin pesticide, conducted by ToxServices, January 2016
Certified GreenScreen of Thiamethoxam pesticide, conducted by ToxServices, January 2016
Certified GreenScreen of Imidacloprid pesticide, conducted by ToxServices, January 2016
NRDC support letter for NTP neonic review
Comments from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Supporting the NIEHS Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT) Review of Neonicotinoid Pesticides. (80 FR 60692; October 7, 2015)
Comments to EPA from Environmental Health Scientists and Healthcare Professionals In support of EPA’s Proposal to Revoke Chlorpyrifos Food Residue Tolerances
Over 50 scientists and health experts write EPA to express strong support for EPA’s proposal to revoke all food tolerances - the maximum amount of pesticide residue allowed on or in food - for the organophosphate insecticide, chlorpyrifos, which would result in EPA’s cancelling all associated food uses of chlorpyrifos.
Scientist sign on letter denouncing EFSA glyphosate review
An open letter from 96 prominent epidemiologists, toxicologists, statisticians and molecular biologists from 25 countries denouncing the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) decision that the widely used herbicide, glyphosate (the main ingredient of Roundup) "is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans." The EFSA decision is in conflict with the recent scientific review of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), finding that glyphosate "probably" causes cancer in people (a Group 2A carcinogen).
NRDC Overview of EU glyphosate review
Document outlining the process by which the World Health Organization and the European Union are evaluating the health hazards of Monsanto’s weed-killer, glyphosate (trade name Roundup).
NRDC Schematic of EU glyphosate review
A schematic to illustrate the process by which the World Health Organization and the European Union are evaluating the health hazards of Monsanto’s weed-killer, glyphosate (trade name Roundup).
Emergency Petition to the EPA to Abate the Imminent and Substantial Endangerment to Flint, Michigan Residents from Lead Contamination in Drinking Water
In response to the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a coalition of local citizens and national groups petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to take emergency action to secure safe, lead-free water for the City’s children and families.
Flint-based Coalition for Clean Water, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and the Natural Resources Defense Council joined the petition to trigger the EPA to launch a comprehensive federal response to the ongoing crisis. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA is empowered to stop “imminent and substantial endangerment to human health” such as the elevated lead levels in Flint’s drinking water.
Letter to the US Chain Restaurant Industry Urging Reduction of Antibiotics in Meat Supply
WHO Response to NRDC Regarding JMPR
Letter from World Health Organization to NRDC regarding concerns of conflicts of interest of JMPR panel members for glyphosate review.
NRDC, Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association Petition U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Create National Mercury Inventory
The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a petition calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to ascertain the amount and the uses of mercury produced, imported, or used in the United States, so the agency can then reduce or eliminate the potent neurotoxin from industrial processes and consumer products. NRDC was joined in the petition calling for a national mercury inventory by the lead state organization that tracks mercury use, the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association, and supported by the states of Minnesota and Washington.
Subway Public Letter Antibiotics Policy
Call to action from nearly 60 allied groups to Subway, asking for commitment on antibiotics use in their meat and poultry supply chains.
NRDC, others Letter to WHO-JMPR Concerning Conflicts of Interest Re Glyphosate
A coalition of groups are urging the World Health Organization to swiftly set new safety standards for the world's most widely used herbicide — glyphosate, often sold as "Roundup" — after a WHO cancer-evaluating arm recently classified it as a probable human carcinogen.
NRDC, Others File Petition Asking FDA to Ban Eight Carcinogenic Flavorings
Eight synthetic flavorings—which may be found in ice cream, baked goods, candy and beverages—are known to cause cancer in lab animals, and should be banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a coalition of leading health groups said in a petition filed with the agency today.
California Antibiotics Poll by Hart Research Associates, April 2015
Hart Research Associates conducted a poll on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council to ascertain California residents' views on the use of antibiotics in livestock production in California. The poll found that California residents are concerned about meat from animals routinely fed antibiotics and favor California leaders taking action to close gaps in federal oversight.
NRDC Map for “Sneezing and Wheezing” Report
NRDC's map showing the areas of the country where people are exposed to ragweed and ozone, and the top cities where both overlap
National Heat-Health Surveillance Expert Workshop, March 17-18, 2015
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and NRDC's Science Center convened a National Heat-Health Surveillance Expert Workshop to discuss the development and dissemination of more robust, rapid tracking and estimation of the health impacts of extreme heat. The workshop was held in New York, March 17-18, 2015, hosted and co-sponsored by the Climate & Health Program, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York, NY. Other co-sponsors included: American Public Health Association, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, California Environmental Health Tracking Program, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the Public Health Institute's Center for Climate Change and Health.
*agency affiliation for identification only
- hea_15050501a.pdf Agenda and Overview
- hea_15050501b.pdf Big picture overview: Tom Matte, NYC DOH
- hea_15050501c.pdf Efforts to track health impacts of heat using retrospective data: Paul English, CA DPH*
- hea_15050501d.pdf Climate and Health Syndromic Surveillance Workgroup Summary: Matt Roach, AZ Department of Health Services
- hea_15050501e.pdf Validation and statistical assessment of heat syndromic data: Stacey Hoferka, IL DOH
- hea_15050501f.pdf NYC Heat Syndromic Surveillance Study: Rob Mathes, NYC DOH
- hea_15050501g.pdf NYC and use of heat-health syndromic surveillance data: Katie Lane, NYC DOH
- hea_15050501h.pdf Environmental Heat Surveillance in Maricopa County, Arizona: Vjollca Berisha, Maricopa Co Dept of Public Health
- hea_15050501i.pdf Philadelphia and use of heat warning systems: Jose Lojo, Philadelphia DOH
TCVP petition for review
January 5, 2015
National Freight Pathways Modeling Approach and Results
January 2015 memo prepared by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates for NRDC, summarizing their modeling of emissions of truck, rail, and marine freight pathways on a national level.
NRDC Antibiotics Use Policy for Poultry
Policy and sign-on document for for Antibiotic Stewardship in Poultry Production (December 2013).
- hea_14120901a.pdf Antimicrobial Stewardship Policy for Poultry
- hea_14120901b.pdf Support for Antibiotic Stewardship in Poultry Production
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.
- int_14120401a.pdf Mercury Trade Consent Forms Finalized
- int_14120401b.pdf Article 6 Exemption Registration Formats Finalized
- int_14120401c.pdf Key Decisions Related to Financial Assistance
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
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 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.
- hea_12090401a.pdf Senate Appropriations Committee
- hea_12090401b.pdf Senate Subcommittee Labor, Health, and Human Services
- hea_12090401c.pdf House Appropriations Committee
- hea_12090401d.pdf House Subcommittee Labor, Health, and Human Services
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.
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.
- air_11072001a.pdf Presentation: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States
- air_11072001b.pdf Map
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.
- hea_10121501a.pdf (2.14 MB)
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.
- hea_08091702a.pdf White Paper
- hea_08091702b.pdf Literature Review
- hea_08091702c.pdf Literature Review Appendices
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.
- hea_07091201a.pdf General Fact Sheet
- hea_07091201b.pdf Indiana
- hea_07091201c.pdf Iowa
- hea_07091201d.pdf Kentucky
- hea_07091201e.pdf Minnesota
- hea_07091201f.pdf Nebraska
- hea_07091201g.pdf 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.