Comments on: Pharos Project Recognized for Taking Green Labeling to New Heights http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/pharos-project/ The EPA Blog Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:03:35 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: eebest8 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/pharos-project/#comment-30287 Fri, 08 May 2015 11:24:53 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1014#comment-30287 Very neat blog. Cool.

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By: wayne shemwell http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/pharos-project/#comment-14842 Sun, 12 Dec 2010 00:22:57 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1014#comment-14842 This is a great move to help the consumer understand the importance of going green. With economy in the state we find it today we must push going green as much as possible

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By: Tom Lent http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/pharos-project/#comment-14841 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 23:51:22 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1014#comment-14841 That’s right Michael. Water and energy are highly important issues and building materials consume a lot of both. It will be important for the building industry to do its part toward the big job we have ahead of us to deeply cut our greenhouse gas emissions. But the real sleeper issue is toxic chemicals.

With striking parallels to the way we are loading the atmosphere with climate change gases much faster than the atmosphere can handle them, industry is generating an increasing number of persistent, bioaccumulative toxic chemicals (PBTs) that don’t break down rapidly in the environment, and concentrate as they move up the food chain and into our bodies. Dioxins from PVC manufacture, halogenated flame retardants, perfluorinated chemicals in our stain repellants and more. We’ve been developing new chemicals (some 80 to 100 thousand now) far faster than we can test and regulate them for their effects on cancer, development endocrine disruption and more.

In the Pharos Project, we are developing tools to help you sort through the chemical soup created modern materials. Check out our report on flooring materials (http://www.healthybuilding.net/news/090521resilient_flooring_paper.html) to get an idea of how we are uncovering and evaluating chemical hazards up and down the material life cycle. We’ll be back in this space later in the year with more news about Pharos.

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By: Michael E. Bailey http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/pharos-project/#comment-14840 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 01:33:56 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1014#comment-14840 Pharos is a huge step forward in the area of building materials and supplies. Espcially important will be the limiting of water and energy in the life of products. Elimination of toxic chemicals and greenhouse gasses to the greatest degree possible will also be of great importance. It is a great program. The problem will be convincing builders and do-it-your selfers that environmentally and socially responsible building products are as good or better than the conventional kind. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

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