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967632_38993259If you happen to find a chemical that has been the subject of more wasted time and funding than bisphenol A (BPA), please let us know about it. We wish you luck.

Yet, there are academics and special interest groups that continue to look for Elvis. And they have some fairly high-powered journalists on their side, who just can t seem to accept the fact that this chemical used to make plastics for more than 50 years is not more or less dangerous to you than the thousands of other...

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. But a movement that was once about cleaning up rivers and recycling has lost focus and become radicalized, hijacked by extremists committed more to ideology than science. So it is no wonder that recent polls have found Americans more concerned with the economy than the environment. Earth Day has been losing its credibility.

Activists who led the movement are shifting their focus from the environment to chemicals, casting several useful and safe compounds as insidious, invisible toxins that are poisoning American children. In many cases, these anti-industry activists are using scare tactics and ignoring decades of science to frighten Americans into echoing their ideology. Fair environmental and human health policies should be...

There are no guarantees in life. Except when there are. Here's one. It was a pretty good bet that when the FDA issued the CLARITY-BPA Core study, the most comprehensive study ever of BPA, (1) which showed that the chemical is harmless, that there would be a few sore losers who would unhappy about the results, no matter how convincing. But to those of us who actually believe in science, the CLARITY-BPA Core study was a slam dunk (2), one of two notable slam dunks in one week.

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Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 1.55.27 PMIf you re looking for an example of the absurdity of what happens when activist groups stick their noses in areas that are way above their pay grade, look no further. It doesn t get any better than this.

Although on the surface, this discussion appears to address one more of the gazillion black marks against BPA a component of many plastics underneath there is a second story. It is about what happens when a problem chemical is identified and beaten to death for a myriad of reasons most of which have little or nothing to do with...

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to ban BPA from baby bottles and plastic sippy cups was met with doubt from a member of the state Public Health Council, which would have to approve the prohibition. Dr. Alan Woodward told The Boston Globe, “My concern is that we may find out five to 10 years down the line that compounds in the replacement are more toxic.”

“This is the first time I’ve heard any sort of acknowledgment of the fact that replacements for BPA could end up causing harm,” says Dr. Whelan. “Any replacement wouldn’t have the 50-year safety record that BPA has.”

Stier is skeptical: “...

Widely used dental sealants contain substances that can degrade into Bisphenol A (BPA), a study in the latest issue of Pediatrics concludes. Only minute amounts of the “devil chemical” are released, but the researchers still suggest (“in the spirit of precaution”) that when possible, pregnant women delay getting dental work done until after giving birth. The authors include noted toxic terrorist Dr. Phil Landrigan of Mt. Sinai. Dr. Jim Crall, professor of pediatric dentistry...

Fear, Inc. is having a big day on the New York Stock exchange. It is up 45 percent on heavy volume.

How could it not be? After all, the plastic component BPS supposedly a safe replacement for BPA isn t looking so great after all. BPA (bisphenol A) is a chemical so deadly that Times columnist Nick Kristof by far the most accomplished toxicological expert who never took a chemistry class refuses to touch cash register receipts because they contain small amounts of the chemical.

ACSH s Dr. Josh Bloom admits, I haven t checked the stock of Whole Foods, but there might be reason for concern. I cannot begin to comprehend the effect that these findings will have...

The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has now firmly established itself not as an institution for higher learning, devoted to educating students about the science of preventing premature disease and death, but instead as a hotbed of pseudoscience and political agitation.

I received two degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health in the late 1960s and early 1970s and am chagrined that it has transmogrified itself from a top-notch teaching facility to a cult of environmental activists. (It's not just a change in the broader culture: The Yale School of Public Health, from which I also received an advanced degree, seems to have completely avoided such a fate -- sticking to sound science and avoiding hyperbole about environmental risk.)

Take, for example, the article...

Trevor Butterworth wrote a detailed history for the non-profit Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) of the falling-out between toxicology and endocrinology experts and the anti-BPA activist faction led by Dr. Frederick vom Saal. The outcome, Butterworth writes, is that, “[t]he panic over the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is not only unjustified, it has reached a point where the failure to accept basic, rational principles in scientific research is damaging toxicology itself, wasting taxpayers’ money, and undermining scientific progress.”

“Butterworth cites as the beginning of the controversy a study published in the journal Toxicological Sciences, which showed that...

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The following is Part Two of a two-article series. (1)

Let's say that you form a group whose sole purpose is to lobby the government for the right to build and manage a toll booth on a highway that never had one before.

But, all of the revenue from the booth will be used to: (1) Pay for the construction of the booth; (2) Pay for the maintenance of the booth; (3) Pay the salaries of people who run it.

Who wins, and who loses?

Motorists lose. They not only have to pay a toll, but also also waste time waiting...