chemicals

Majority of sunscreens would flunk proposed FDA safety tests

Nearly two-thirds of all sunscreens evaluated by the Environmental Working Group would probably not be considered safe and effective under standards proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration, the consumer advocacy group will announce this week.

Kale joins ranks of annual 'Dirty Dozen' pesticide list

Kale, that popular green of the health conscious, has joined the ignoble list of 12 fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues, according to the Environmental Working Group. The last time kale was on the list was in 2009 when it was ranked eighth. Strawberries and spinach took the top two spots again this year, respectively, followed by kale.

Lawmakers look to ban firefighting foam

The state Senate has voted to ban the sale of firefighting foam that contains certain chemicals. The bill would ban the sale, manufacture or distribution of the foam in which chemicals known as PFAS are intentionally added.