Tag Archives: Lead

Justice Fund Stories: Democracy in Action with Union de Vecinos

Water justice is beyond the science of contamination and clean up, it is about democracy. For the members of Union de Vecinos, this truth has mobilized and empowered their struggle for clean, healthy water for the city of Maywood, a small, working-class community in southeast Los Angeles County. For years whenever residents and members of [...]

WATCH: You Found WHAT In My Purse?

The ABC Cincinnati I-Team came to the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) to talk to us about our discovery of high levels of lead in purses.  We told them about the health implications these purses hold, not only for the women who carry them, but for the kids who may like to play with their [...]

Artificial Turf: A Synthetic Chemical Stew

In the 1960s, my high school (I’m giving away my age) had what is probably best described as a pathetic football field. Patchy grass that was almost as much sand as it was grass; decrepit bleachers that had room for a couple hundred people; and a small but enthusiastic crowd for game nights. My high [...]

Get to Know the 2012 Toxies Nominees!

The 2012 Toxies Nominees are out!  Meet this year’s nominees below, and make sure to vote for the People’s Choice Award! Winners in each category will be announced on June 24 at the Toxies in Los Angeles. RSVP now or host a satellite viewing party with livestream of the ceremony. Check out all the 2012 [...]

The Toxic Turf Times, Vol. 2

Thanks for picking up Volume 2 of the compelling story of CEH’s quest to end the threat of lead exposure for anyone who plays on artificial turf.  In case you missed Volume 1, Iron Man teamed up with Captain America and Thor to save the Hulk from his aggressive behavior (one of the many symptoms [...]

CDC Makes Welcome Decision to Protect Kids from Lead Poisoning!

The leading public health agency of the federal government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just made a welcome decision to protect children from lead poisoning. Responding to a decades-long effort by health advocates and physicians, the CDC says it will change its definition of what constitutes an elevated level of lead in [...]

The Toxic Turf Times, Vol. 1

I’ve never been much of an athlete.  When I view home videos from my childhood, I am dismayed to see that I spent more time “coaching” my little league soccer teammates as to where an opponent kicked the ball (as if they couldn’t see for themselves) than running after the ball myself. I’m no athlete, but [...]

Honey Love

I love honey. A little honey on a bowl of oatmeal is just about a perfect breakfast as far as I’m concerned. And a little honey on pancakes is just as good. If you’re like me, when you think about honey you think about beehives surrounded by flowers and industrious bees bringing their loads of [...]

Two of our stellar high school interns, Jenna Kim and Nolan Tonkyn, wrote about their experience working on the artificial turf testing project.  Check out their thoughts here: It’s scary to think that I have been buying products without really knowing what dangerous chemicals are included in its makeup. By being involved in the artificial turf [...]

Get Ready for the Red Carpet Event of the Year: The Toxies 2011!

You’ve probably heard about the the Razzies, a satirical spin on the Oscars, but you may not have heard of the Toxies.  June 16, 2011 brings us the second annual red carpet awards ceremony for “Bad Actor” chemicals will take place at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. “The Toxies”, created by CEH ally coalition, Californians [...]