Published on Friday, 10 February 2012 09:57
Some stories are sensational because they are the weird news of the day. Just take a look at the front page of Yahoo each day and you will see some story that is just crazy enough to get everyone talking – like today’s Crying Boy In Snow Video.
But the craziest and most disappointing story that is receiving very little media attention is the inability of the White House Office of Management and Budget taking no action for 638 days on the list of “chemicals of concern” submitted to them for approval by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Center for Public Integrity has a wonderful recap on the issue up on their iWatch News website:
“About 21 months ago, a proposed list of widely used chemicals that may pose health risks landed at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for review.
It’s still there.
An attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency to create a “chemicals of concern” list — part of the agency’s larger plans to improve what administrator Lisa Jackson has called an outdated and dysfunctional system for regulating toxic substances — remains stuck in the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).
The proposal has sparked heavy resistance among industry groups, some of which have met with White House officials and argued that releasing the list could harm the economy. By executive order, OIRA should finish such reviews within 90 days — or, in some cases, 120. Instead, it’s had the EPA list for 638 days — and counting.”
So why is it taking so long you ask? Easy answer. The chemical industry does not want this list published because they are afraid that such a list would educate consumers about the health risks of chemicals such as BPA and that consumer would demand that those chemicals be removed from consumer products (like baby bottles).
This amazing deliberate dragging of the feet by the White House should be on the front page of every newspaper. Of course the chemical industry and their umbrella organizations are attempting to scare the heck out of everyone regarding this list. They have stated that the publishing of this list would hurt the economy. Are you glad these” job creators” are looking out for your wallet? What they don’t tell you is the continued protecting of these chemicals will ensure that you have to use everything in that wallet to pay for the serious health consequences associated with these chemicals (like breast cancer).
Finally we want to ask once again that those current members of the White House stop dragging their feet on this. If you want to protect these corporations and their profits that is fine. But you owe it to every American to make a public decision and explain why you did it. It is not acceptable to continue to sit on this list for almost two years because you are afraid to piss off Exxon Mobile, Dow Chemical Company, BASF Corp, SABIC, American Chemistry Council and others. You were elected to lead on issues such as this and it is time to do something, even if we don’t like the answer.
You can read the entire story by following the link to the iWatch News website.
Published on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 09:03
Raylea Barrow, LSU Reveille, has written a great story worth reading and sharing about LSU students embracing their natural hair. Here is just a taste from this latest hair story:
“It's been two years since Kaylah Paige decided to chop her hair off.
The anthropology sophomore said she felt intense anxiety as she faced the daunting task, but felt proud afterward, looking into the mirror and seeing nothing but her natural self.
"I was so happy," Paige said. "The smile was plastered to my face."”
It is stories such as these that help many women considering “going natural” to have the courage to do it. That is why it must be shared and we hope that you will do just that.
You can view, read and share Raylea Barrow’s article by following the link to the LSU Reveille.