Visionary Science, Ethics, Law and Action in the Public Interest


  1. The Long, Twisting Tale of Chemical Policy – April 2015 Networker


    SEHN Networker Volume 20 (4) April, 2015. Safer Chemicals, Safer Products: Is Congress Up to Their Task? by Ted Schettler, Science Director If you are among those who assume that chemicals in your consumer products must first be tested for safety before being put on the market you have plenty of company. But you are…Read More →

  2. A Legal and Political Analysis of the Proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline in Iowa


    By Carolyn Raffensperger Energy Transfer Partners, a Texas energy company, plans to build an 1,100-mile underground pipeline to transport a highly volatile type of crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields through 17 Iowa counties en route to Illinois.  It will cross multiple rivers, and transverse aquifers and lakes.  Coalitions of people are coming…Read More →

  3. 17 Premises of Free, Prior and Informed Consent as a Right of Communities


    By Carolyn Raffensperger 1. Individual humans have rights. 2. Individual humans are not the only ones that have rights. 3. Communities hold rights. These are rights that provide the bonds of responsibility to each other and to the place. 4. A right is not subject to economic forces or sacrificed for the greatest good for…Read More →

  4. We Withdraw Our Consent


    By Carolyn Raffensperger I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved with an extraordinary group of women planning the second Women’s Congress for Future Generations slated for November 7-9, 2014 in Minneapolis Minnesota. The planning team has been holding house parties and meeting with other organizations. They have been remarkably successful in getting commitments from women…Read More →

  5. Success: Yellowstone National Park and Air Pollution


    Carolyn Raffensperger As our friends at the Winter Wildland Alliance said, “It’s been a long, long time coming – 15 years, 1.1 million public comments and the most grind-it-out, exhaustive campaign Winter Wildlands Alliance has ever embarked on – so all of us at WWA are thrilled with today’s release of the Final Yellowstone Winter…Read More →