September 26, 2013 |
Hundreds of items found on supermarket shelves, such as shampoos, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and food packaging, could get chemical makeovers under new rules being put in force by California. On Thursday, state toxic chemical regulators will unveil what they say is the nation's most comprehensive program for identifying and reformulating common consumer products containing hazardous chemicals. In the past, the state took a piecemeal approach. Lawmakers would ban specific chemicals from particular products, such as bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups.
December 10, 2012 |
A Russian-led proposal by a coalition of countries to place further government regulation over the Internet has been withdrawn. The plan under consideration by the International Telecommunication Union would have given countries the power to block the Internet from some locations, according to Reuters. Additionally, the plan would have taken control of the allocation of Internet addresses away from ICANN, a U.S.-based organization that is under contract to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
October 18, 2012
Re "Gasoline in the Golden State," Letters, Oct. 16 Maybe Charles T. Drevna, the president of American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers - who blamed high gas prices on government regulation - didn't live in L.A. when the air quality was so poor that the mountains were hidden from view. I remember; the smog was so bad I would come inside after playing with my lungs hurting. Finally, because of better emissions standards, our air is cleaner, public health is improved and we can see our gorgeous mountains again.
March 23, 2012 |
Sensing a fresh threat to state and federal healthcare reforms, California insurance officials are seeking new limits on a controversial form of health coverage insurers are selling to small employers. At issue is a new type of self-insurance for small businesses with as few as 25 workers. Critics said insurers such as Cigna Corp. are using these new plans to game the system and cherry-pick companies with healthier workers. They said this could undermine a key goal of the federal Affordable Care Act to lower premiums by pooling together more healthy and sick Americans into insurance exchanges.
February 1, 2012 |
Move over salt. Step aside, saturated fat. There's a new public enemy in the pantry, and it's … sugar. In a provocative commentary coming out in Thursday's edition of the journal Nature, Dr. Robert Lustig and two colleagues from UC San Francisco argue that the added sugars in processed foods and drinks are responsible for so many cases of chronic disease and premature deaths that their use ought to be regulated, just like alcohol and...
December 22, 2011 |
The Obama administration has adopted tough new limits on mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, winning praise from environmentalists and public health advocates but sparking warnings from industry groups that contend the new regulations are too expensive and will place dangerous pressure on the nation's electrical grid. The update to the Clean Air Act comes after a relentless 20-year battle in Washington. It marks the first time the Environmental Protection Agency has curbed power plant emissions of mercury, a known neurotoxin that can be profoundly harmful to children and pregnant women.