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  • 1.                What  Is  Transparency  Anyway  ?   Bill  Walsh   Healthy  Building  Network   www.healthybuilding.net   www.pharosproject.net   Nexus  Webinar   August  11,  2010  
  • 2. www.healthybuilding.net   www.pharosproject.net  
  • 3. EPA  Chemicals  of  concern   Announced  12/30/09   •  Phthalates  (90%  in  Vinyl)   •  Polybrominated  diphenyl     Where  do  we  use  them?      ethers  (Flame  Retardants)  Vinyl  floors   •  Perfluorinated  chemicals   Carpets   Vinyl  wallpaper          (Stain/Water  Repellants)   Polyurethane  foam  cushion     •  Bisphenol  A  (epoxies)   Polycarbonate  glazing   Epoxy  paints  &  coa=ngs   Caulks     ………and  many  more  
  • 4. August 6, 2009 Nicholas  D.  Kristof   What’s Getting Into Our Children Baby bottles and toys have been found to contain phthalates, bisphenol A, and lead, all toxins that have been linked to reproductive and developmental disorders. . . . .As harmful elements detected in everyday household items increase, rates of chronic disease have also risen sharply - and these conditions are now the leading causes of childhood illness and death.
  • 5. July 16, 2009 Chemicals and Our Health Nichols  D.  Kristof   However careful you are about your health, your body is almost certainly home to troubling chemicals called phthalates. . . . . and many scientists have linked them to everything from sexual deformities in babies to obesity and diabetes.
  • 6. February  24,  2010   Do Toxins Cause Autism? Nicholas  D.  Kristof   . . . .suspicions are growing that one culprit may be chemicals in the environment   Precautionary principle . . . . avoid most plastics marked at the bottom as 3 (PVC/Vinyl) , 6 and 7 because they are the ones associated with potentially harmful toxins.  
  • 7. The Little Princes of Denmark Why do Danes have smaller nuts than Finns—are toxins to blame? By Florence Williams Posted Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at 9:41 AM ET   . . . . Why should you care if you're neither Danish nor Finnish? Because the answer involves environmental toxins that have made their way around the globe.   "It turns out the chemical burden is not the same" for Danish and Finnish baby boys, says researcher Main, who was surprised by the finding. "It's higher here. The higher your burden, as measured in breast milk, the higher the risk of undescended testes."  
  • 8. Source:    Large  Effects  from  Small  Exposures.  I.  Mechanisms  for  Endocrine-­‐DisrupDng   Chemicals  with  Estrogenic  AcDvity   Wade  V.  Welshons,1  KrisBna  A.  Thayer,2  Barbara  M.  Judy,1  Julia  A.  Taylor,1  Edward  M.  Curran, 1  and  Frederick  S.  vom  Saal2   hQp://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2003/5494/5494.html  
  • 9. How  does  the  green  labeling  industry  deal  with  these  chemicals?  
  • 10. 70  household  dust  samples  -­‐  10  states          Phthalate  plasYcizers  ubiquitous   Clean  ProducYon  AcYon  2005   ReproducYve  toxicant   asthma  trigger   obesity  
  • 11. Chemicals  of  Concern  in  a     LEED  PlaYnum  Building?   Almost  Certainly.  
  • 12. Wednesday, November 11, 2009   High BPA levels linked to male sexual problems Study in China is likely to bring further scrutiny of the common chemical By Lyndsey Layton

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