The United States Public Interest Research Group recently released their report on the safety level of toys and other children's products. Noting progress, not perfection, the organization found a small fraction of children's toys tested for toxic substances and choking risks to still be in violation of federal safety regulations. PIRG credited a 2008 federal law that imposed stronger regulations and standards on these products to help make them safer. In their 25th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report on hazardous playthings, the group focused on lead or other metal tainted toys, soft plastic toys that contain chemicals harmful to children -- in particular, phthalates -- and toys with small parts that can be choking hazard for young children.
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The entire world is still watching the unprecedented oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster is still mounting. Most of the blame for the disaster in the gulf is being placed on British Petroleum (BP). Meanwhile, in Texas City, BP's refinery released hundreds of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals, including the carcinogen Benzene. Rather than shutting down the refinery to make repairs, BP tried to divert the gases to have them burned off. This decision allowed at least 538,000 pounds of toxic chemicals to pour from the Texas City factory in April, May and June of this year.
Every day thousands of tons of garbage are burned in "burn pits" at military installations across Iraq and Afghanistan. Houston based contractors KBR and Halliburton were contracted and paid by the U.S. government to properly dispose of waste products at specific U.S. bases. However, although both KBR and Halliburton agreed to follow all U.S. laws and U.S. Environmental Protection guidelines, many of these burn pits were constructed upwind from living quarters, allowing the toxic smoke and ash from these fires to settle like a haze on camps housing military personnel. Anything and everything is burned in these pits, including dead animals, asbestos insulation, paints, solvents, lithium batteries, plastics, and even trucks.