Tag Archives: microplastics

Is Litigation the Solution to Plastic Pollution?

Earlier this week, New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed suit against PepsiCo.  At the core of the case are allegations that PepsiCo.’s widespread use of single-use plastics has created or contributed to a public nuisance in the Buffalo River. 

I don’t doubt that plastic-related conditions in the Buffalo River constitute a public nuisance.  Without diving into the facts, it seems totally plausible. … More

Microplastics in the Lungs: The Next Asbestos or Are We Just Catastrophizing?

Two developments this week got me thinking about how our government deals – or fails to deal – with risk.  First, EPA proposed to ban the manufacture (including import) of chrysotile asbestos.  EPA’s authority for doing so is the Toxic Substances Control Act which provides that:  

if EPA determines through a TSCA section 6(b) risk evaluation that a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment,… More

In a Grim World, Even a Sliver of Positive Environmental News Is a Good Thing

Earlier this week, the United Nations Environment Programme (doesn’t everything just look better with British spelling!) announced that 175 nations had approved a resolution titled “End plastic pollution:  Towards an international legally binding instrument.”  If the ambition of the resolution wasn’t clear from the title, perhaps this quote from the UNEP press release will make it so.

Today marks a triumph by planet earth over single-use plastics.… More