Digital Cameras Hazardous to Health?

Mother Jones reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is cracking down on glymes — chemicals linked to health problems that can be found in many products we regularly come in contact with, including digital cameras:

Did you print a piece of paper today? Or use a digital camera? If so, it could have exposed you to glymes, a clear liquid class of chemicals used as solvents in printer ink, carpet cleaners and other household products. For a decade, the EPA has known about studies that link glymes to health problems including miscarriages, developmental damage, and gene mutation. And yet only now is the agency beginning to regulate them. This July, the EPA announced that it plans to clamp down on glymes, which may join the ranks of the 360 chemicals subject to the EPA’s “significant new use rule.” This means that any time a company wants to use glymes, it would have to ask the EPA first.

This Mystery Chemical Could Cause You To Miscarry [Mother Jones]

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  • Skinner Photographs

    No more licking my Nikon :(

  • Anonymous

    When the EPA came for my CO2 I didn’t complain, then they came for my¬†glymes….

    What we really need to do is ban the EPA.

  • Anonymous

    When the EPA came for my CO2 I didn’t complain, then they came for my¬†glymes….

    What we really need to do is ban the EPA.

  • Anonymous

    I mean there really is no end to their BS.

  • peterblaise

    What a useless article, but nice links to get us started, now go somewhere with it..

    IBM and others have been making everything edible for years, avoiding poisons as much for their employees who make the stuff as for their customers.

    Why not define “glyme” and explore how they are used in printing and digital cameras?

    glyme: any of the glycol ethers[1], a class of solvents, usually dimethoxyethane[2] if not otherwise specified

    “… In 1995 … a study … found that glymes were linked to miscarriages in semiconductor workers … [in] women exposed to glymes through their manufacturing work … researchers found a pattern of increased miscarriages [ahh, we always seem to sacrifice our women and children first, the supposedly least valuable among us!] … The chemicals can also be found in lithium batteries, brake fluid, paints, prescription drugs, circuit boards, microchips, and many other products we come into contact with every day …”

    And specifically what printers, ink, and cameras are involved — who makes them?

    Oh, NOT in the article!

    Sure, we all need to avoid poisons, and we all should demand that our suppliers never use anything dangerous to us or to the people who bring us our stuff.

    But an article with no particulars?

    C’mom petapixel and Michael Zhang — do some digging and bring us better journalism, set an example of doing the requisite work to help us all make a difference — that’s what we expect our suppliers to do, whether they be manufacturers or journalists!

    Love and hugs,
    Peter Blaise Photography . com

    [1] Glycol ethers are a group of solvents based on alkyl ethers of ethylene glycol commonly used in paints. These solvents typically have a higher boiling point, together with the favorable solvent properties of lower-molecular weight ethers and alcohols. The word “Cellosolve” was registered in 1924 as a United States trademark by Carbide & Carbon Chemicals Corp.

    [2] Dimethoxyethane, also known as glyme, monoglyme, dimethyl glycol, ethylene glycol dimethyl ether, dimethyl cellosolve, and DME, is a clear, colorless, aprotic, and liquid ether that is used as a solvent. Dimethoxyethane is miscible with water.

    PS — The EPA is Nixon’s baby, and should be the largest department of we-the-people’s self-government — does anyone actually READ the US Constitution?

    “… We the People of
    the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America …”

    Got that?

    “… We the People … promote the general Welfare … [for] ourselves and our Posterity …”