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State experts warn: Proposed “Chemicals in Commerce Act” would wipe out public health progress.

According to state advocates, chemical industry interests are reaching deep into their well-documented bag of tricks with the draft “Chemicals In Commerce Act” released by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) this week. State experts see the draft as a vehicle for...

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At Least 33 States to Consider Toxics Policies in 2014

Thank goodness for states. This year, at least 33 states—more than half the nation—will step up as defenders of public health. They will take the toxic bull by the horns and consider policies addressing the untested and toxic chemicals in...

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The Market is Moving!

Target Joins the List of Retailers Listening to State Policy and Addressing Toxic Chemicals. Another week, and another retailer announces a new policy to address toxic chemicals in consumer products! This time it’s Target. The Minneapolis-based retailer announced it is...

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TSCA: Time for an Upgrade!

The nation's law that is supposed to protect us from harmful chemicals--the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)--turns 37 years old this week. A lot has changed since the law's passage in 1976. Bell bottoms and leisure suits no longer hang...

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Walmart Jewelry Found To Contain High Levels of Lead

When you buy your kid a sparkly new necklace, you should only have to worry about whether they'll like the style. But it turns out you need to be worried about something else—toxic metals. We are disappointed to learn today...

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States Victorious On Chemicals Despite Massive Chemical Industry Opposition

Advocating for safer chemicals in the states can be a tough fight. Often states are up against big money, opponents who don't play fair, and messy politics. But we are still winning. In fact, policies that protect communities from toxic...

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Changing the system to protect our health: prioritizing, disclosing and phasing out toxic chemicals

Comprehensive laws do heavy lifting in the States. When policymakers want to get harmful chemicals out of everyday, household products, they often face a choice: either to attack the chemicals one by one with specific bans, or take a more...

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States to US Senators: Don't tie our hands

Just when consumers thought store shelves might contain fewer toxic chemicals, a new proposed law in Congress threatens to allow harmful chemicals back into products and homes. That's because the recently proposed Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) could undermine hundreds...

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US Senators on both sides of the aisle introduce the Chemical Safety Improvement Act

The US Senate made safer chemicals a priority today as Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) jointly introduced the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, a bill to overhaul the outdated federal chemical regulatory system. They are joined by 7...

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Chemical Industry Doublespeak

While industry talks out of both sides of its mouth, we ask "which is it?" This month, state legislatures across the country are working to pass bills protecting families and children from the dangerous health effects of toxic chemicals. We...

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New Campaign Asks Retailers to Take Toxic Chemicals off the Shelves

The fight against toxic chemicals is gaining momentum in state legislatures across the country—check out the ever-growing list! But that's not the only front of this battle. And our friends over at Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families have launched a new...

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Flame Retardant Debates Heat Up in the States

Another kids' product is found to have cancer-causing chemicals. As state legislatures start their 2013 legislation session, a major focus is the use of toxic flame retardant chemicals in products we use in our homes. Over the last few years,...

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26 States to Consider Toxic Chemicals Legislation in 2013

By Sarah Doll, National Director for Safer States Despite intense industry opposition and Congressional inaction, state governments continue to defend the vulnerable from toxic chemical exposure. Each year, state legislatures continue to prove that they are the leaders in protecting...

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Updates on the Fight Against BPA

Updated January 17, 2013. We thought that the beginning of the year would be a good time to update you on bisphenol A (BPA): the ubiquitous chemical that is found in canned goods, register receipts, children's products, plastics and even...

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Your children’s health isn’t the Toy Industry Association’s top priority

Click through the web site belonging to the Toy Industry Association (TIA) and you'll read about dedication to providing Americans with creative and fun toys. And really, what's more fun than toys? But behind TIA's seemingly positive face lies a...

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Voters Want Safer Chemicals!

As we all know, election season is well underway. The pre-recorded phone calls that come right as we sit down to dinner, the flyers littering our mailboxes, and ads with ominous drumbeats whenever we turn on the television—it's easy to...

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NY Times: The Cancer Lobby

Nicholas Kristof this week wrote about the strategic and methodical ways the chemical industry is trying to get Congress to stop talking about what chemicals cause cancer. We have written about the industry's continuing attacks on policies promoting safer chemicals,...

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Stories from the Trenches: Industry Opposition at Every Turn

In the past ten years, the Safer States have passed 93 laws, rules and policies which will help protect the residents in those states from harmful chemicals. The new laws will keep children safe from hormone-disrupting bisphenol A (BPA), keep...

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One Step Closer To Safer Chemicals

Chemicals (and our knowledge of them) have changed a whole lot in 35+ years. But amazingly, the national law regulating them hasn't. Thankfully, today Congress took another step towards righting this dangerous situation, and voted to bring the Safe Chemicals...

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Chemical Industry Can't Be Straight With Us

The collective jaws of the Safer States coalition members dropped last week when we read this letter (pdf) from Cal Dooley, President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). He claims that the ACC has not lobbied on behalf...

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Toxic chemicals in the workplace: Putting millions of workers at risk

Nearly each day, four million people in the United States go to work as janitors, cleaners, maids, housekeepers, landscaping and groundskeeping workers, pesticide handlers and other maintenance occupations. Over 3% of the workforce is employed in these jobs, which are...

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Lessons from New Jersey: Mary Brune's mom

By Mary Brune. Mary Brune is the Co-founder and Director of Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS), a program of The Center for Environmental Health. When not donning a cape to fight toxic chemicals, she likes to hike, camp, and sew....

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Lessons from Montana: Alexandra Scranton's mom.

By Alexandra Scranton, Director of Science and Research at Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE). She has a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a BA from Amherst College. My mom's got a way with...

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Announcing the Lessons from our Mothers Project: Words of Wisdom that changed our lives

Tell your story and help us build momentum as we approach a potential vote on safer chemicals in the U.S. Senate. Let us know how you honor the lessons of YOUR mother. Find out how to participate at the end...

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States lead the fight against toxic chemicals lurking in cosmetics

Lead, arsenic, cadmium, formaldehyde, mercury. These are some of the toxic ingredients that are found in products that we put on our skin, in our hair, and on our lips that ultimately make it into our bodies where they can...

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28 states to consider toxic chemicals legislation in 2012

By Sarah Doll, National Director for Safer States. With no action yet from Congress, state legislatures continue to work to protect citizens. The past couple years have seen unprecedented changes in the toxic chemicals landscape across the United States. In...

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Report round-up: Toxic chemicals in hidden places

Recent reports show that toxic chemicals are found in every corner of our lives. They are being found in everything from foam in children's products to household cleaners and canned foods. This month, we rounded up some of the most...

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Obesity: What do chemicals have to do with it?

It's no secret that the United States is battling overwhelming issues with obesity. Current statistics show that 34% of Americans are clinically obese, and 68% are overweight1, and the federal government has found that a third of American children are...

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Toxic flame retardants: In our homes, our dust, our lives

Updated October 13, 2011 Toxic flame retardants are one of the most common sources of toxicity in our homes and our lives. They are used on everything from computer casings, to furniture, to carpeting, to children's products. "The problem is,...

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2011 State Victories for Environmental Health

As legislative sessions around the country wrap up it's a good time to take stock of the landscape. Even in the wake of federal struggles, economic concerns and industry backed opposition, states continue to take on and pass toxic laws...

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Our Heroes: Fathers, Grandfathers, Legislators

When it comes to toxic chemical reform across the nation, many of the legislative heroes are dads, husbands and grandfathers who are not only working hard to protect the lives of the electorate, but more personally to remove toxic chemical...

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Women Heroes in the Safer States

May is a month focused on women—the month started out with Mother's Day, and the week of May 8 is National Women's Health week, established to empower women to make their health a top priority. Toxic chemicals are an increasingly...

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States join together to get rid of the worst-of-the-worst chemicals

Persistent, bioaccumulative toxics, commonly known as PBTs, are a group of toxic chemicals that are joined together by some common features. Common PBTs in our lives include mercury, DDT, cadmium, lead, and several groups of chemicals including PCBs, toxic flame...

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Cancer and our Environment: States leading the fight

Dear Mr. President: Though overall cancer incidence and mortality have continued to decline in recent years, the disease continues to devastate the lives of far too many Americans. In 2009 alone, approximately 1.5 million American men, women, and children were...

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Industry Opposition to Toxics: How the chemical industry undermines state efforts.

In 2010, dozens of laws were passed in statehouses and localities to protect children, families and workers from toxic chemicals. The laws ranged the gamut from bisphenol-A (BPA) restrictions, to laws promoting green chemicals in state buildings, to comprehensive laws...

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30 states working together to change a nation

In January, legislators and environmental health advocates in thirty states and Washington, DC announced that they will be introducing bills during their states' 2011 legislative sessions that will protect children and families from harmful toxic chemicals. The proposed policies run...

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30 States to announce toxic chemicals legislation January 19

In response to continued public concern over the presence of dangerous chemicals in common household products, coupled with Congressional inaction on the matter, on Wednesday, January 19, legislators and advocates in thirty states across the country and the District of...

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Toxic Toys 101

Originally published by Washington Toxics Coalition. This post was written by science teacher Garrison Dyer. As a teacher he sees first hand the toll developmental and learning disabilities have on children, families, and the classroom. He also knows some of...

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Formaldehyde in our homes, in our clothes, in our cosmetics

This week, the New York Times reported on the ubiquity of formaldehyde, and specifically talked about its common use in "wrinkle free" clothing that many of us buy. Formaldehyde is bad for our health -- it's a carcinogenic chemical that...

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Massachusetts to ban BPA in baby bottles and cups...only

Originally published by The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow. Today the Public Health Council of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health voted unanimously to ban toxic Bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and cups, making Massachusetts the 8th state to do...

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BPA in Money: The reaction

Last week, we shared with you a report that found Bisphenol-A (BPA) on our receipts and the cash money in our wallets. This finding points to the ubiquity of BPA -- it's in our wallets, in our plastic, in our...

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BPA is in our money and our receipts

A new report from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and Washington Toxics Coalition found significant quantities of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in receipts; 95 percent of dollar bills tested were positive for lower amounts of BPA. BPA is a ubiquitous chemical which has...

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Safe toy buying tips for the season

The holiday season upon us, and it's time to buy presents for families and friends. While we do that, we should take a few extra steps to be sure that the toys that we're giving to our children are as...

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National BPA ban fails due to industry pressure

Last week, the federal government got closer than it's ever been to a ban on Bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups -- and failed. The amendment's sponsor was Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). She had brokered an agreement between...

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145 scientists speak out against flame retardants

For the first time ever, 145 scientists have joined together to publish a consensus statement about the harm of flame retardants. The scientists published a 20-point statement which declares that they are concerned about the presence of flame retardants in...

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New study of states shows bi-partisan support for toxics reform

Toxic chemical legislation is not just for the fringe anymore. It's a mainstream problem, and is being solved on the state level by cooperation from both sides of the political aisle. Today, we released a report (pdf) in conjunction with...

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Formaldehyde in straightening products? CA and OR say "No Way!"

California Attorney General (and Governor elect) Jerry Brown has filed suit against the maker of the "Brazilian Blowout" -- an expensive treatment which straightens hair. The suit alleges that the company did not warn customers or workers who come in...

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Finally! Toy Makers Come Clean On Hidden Chemicals

Originally published at Washington Toxics Coalition. Remember the Fall of 2007 when Thomas, Elmo, Dora, and over 20 million toys were pulled from toy store shelves because they contained high levels of lead? Parents and other concerned consumers were left...

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Send an SOS: Save Our Sperm!

John Warner: Intellectual Ecology from Bioneers on Vimeo. Originally published at CHANGE California. The news is out -- male sperm counts are declining and sperm quality is decreasing. Many scientific studies have linked men’s reproductive capabilities to unnecessarily toxic chemicals...

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BPA in pregnant women

A new study of BPA levels of pregnant women found that those who ate canned vegetables daily, were cashiers, or who were exposed to tobacco smoke had high concentrations of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in their systems. BPA was found in detectable...

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Keep your Halloween Safe and Non-toxic!

As we all get ready for Halloween this weekend, we'd like to remind you to choose face make-up for the family very carefully. A report from The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics last year found levels of lead and potent allergens...

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New home study: Harmful chemicals in our floors, walls

We all know that children's toys should be checked for toxic chemicals, and many studies have done so, prompting removal of harmful chemicals and recalls of harmful products. Now a new study from the Ecology Center is focusing on home...

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Breast Cancer Prevention Month

"Endocrine disruptors" Many of us hear this phrase, but is anyone clear about what they actually are? Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that mimic and block hormones in the endocrine system. They can wreak havoc in the body and have been...

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Fall Elections: Ask your Candidates about Toxic Chemicals

It's election season. And you know what that means: phone calls, door knocks, commercials and pieces of mail requesting your support for a particular candidate. How do you know which candidate should receive your vote? Our candidates need to hear...

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Is BPA making our kids grow up faster?

This was originally published at Washington Toxics Coalition. A lot has changed for kids growing up these days. But besides the obvious factors, like the ubiquity of cell phones, more fundamental changes have been taking place. Today, it’s not unusual...

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Update on BPA

There's been a lot of Bisphenol-A (BPA) information in the news lately, and we thought we'd bring you a round-up of the latest. We've updated our BPA fact page with this information and more. BPA in Dental Sealants The American...

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ECOS statement on Federal Reform: The states react

The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) has adopted a resolution calling for strong federal legislation to fix our broken chemical safety system. The message is clear: We should honor the state’s authority and role, and harness the energy of...

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Effective federal chemical policy reform? Partner with the states!

This blog was originally published by the Environmental Health Strategy Center. By Mike Belliveau, Executive Director for the Environmental Health Strategy Center. I was pleased to see yet another display of bipartisan state leadership aimed at preventing disease, disability and...

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Industry trumps children: BPA ban defeated in CA

We bring you bad news today, as California's attempt to ban Bisphenol-A (BPA) from children's containers has failed. The bill had been passed by the California State Assembly and Senate, and was just back in the Senate for a final...

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Maine moving toward a BPA ban, but needs your help!

The state of Maine is looking to ban bisphenol-A (BPA) as the first "priority chemical" in their Kids-Safe Product Act (a law that was passed in 2008). BPA bans are already in place in Vermont, Maryland, Minnesota, Connecticut, Wisconsin and...

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California Update: The Green Chemistry Initiative

Green chemistry is a complicated idea with a simple goal: to protect our families and children from harmful chemicals. The philosophy of green chemistry is to do this by encouraging innovation and creation of chemicals that are not harmful to...

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PVC: From our bounce houses to our back-to-school supplies

Polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as PVC or vinyl, is a plastic that is ubiquitous in children's products including lunch bags, backpacks, binders, commercial cling wrap and plastic food storage containers. The problem with PVC is that it has chemical additives...

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MA update: Business opposition halts progress on efforts

Originally published at The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow. At midnight on Saturday night, July 31st, the buzzer went off on the "formal session" part of the 2009-2010 legislative session in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, the Safer Alternatives Bill was not among...

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New York BPA Bill Passed!

Originally published at The JustGreen Partnership site. Advocates applauded Governor Paterson today for signing into law the Bisphenol A-Free Children and Babies Act to end the sale of bisphenol-a-based baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers and straws as of December 1st...

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The Price of Pollution in Michigan

The Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health (MNCEH) and the Ecology Center this week released a report (PDF) estimating the cost of environment-related childhood disease in Michigan called "The Price of Pollution." The report finds that the state of Michigan...

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The trouble with cadmium

Cadmium is an extremely toxic metal that is used in batteries, industrial paints, metal coatings and as a stabilizer for plastics. It is mainly produced as a byproduct of smelting and refining of zinc concentrates. You may have heard of...

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You acted, Congress answered.

You've been hearing us talk about Safe Chemicals legislation pending in Congress -- the Safe Chemicals Act in the Senate and the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act in the House -- two bills which will overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act...

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The Story of Cosmetics, and the toxins in them

Think of the things in your household that you use every day. For us, it's lipstick, shampoo, make-up, and lotions. Many of us assume that these products are automatically safe and have been regulated by a federal agency. Not true....

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Is California's BPA Ban the Tipping Point?

In a dramatic moment last week, the California State Assembly passed a bill which would ban Bisphenol-A (BPA) from food and drink containers intended for children 3 and younger. The bill, which did not have enough votes earlier in the...

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Welcome, Montana!

We're excited to be welcoming the state of Montana to the Safer States Coalition. Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE) is a national organization that works to eliminate toxic chemicals that impact women's health by changing consumer behaviors, corporate practices...

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BPA Victory in New York State

Great news is coming from New York State today, as a unanimous vote in the New York Legislature has a ban on Bisphenol-A (BPA) headed toward Governor David Paterson's desk. If signed, the ban will require that baby bottles, sippy...

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Maine looking to ban BPA in childrens' products

In 2008, Maine passed the "Kids-Safe Products Act," one of the strongest toxic chemical laws in the nation. It requires that the state adopt a list of priority chemicals which are harmful to children and that they be phased out...

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Dispersants debate in Gulf spill highlights need for TSCA reform

Fifty-seven days into the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, the United States is grappling with unfathomable numbers. 60,000 barrels of oil are spilling a day—the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez-sized oil spill every four days. 1.1 million gallons of toxic...

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Call to Action: Ask your lawmakers to protect your family

Over the past couple months, we've been letting you know about the important overhaul of the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act (TSCA) -- a decades-old law that is so outdated that it was written before chemicals like Bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, flame...

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Safer States: News Round-Up

There has been a lot of toxics news coming from the states lately. The Safer States organizations have been doing an amazing job of protecting their state's citizens through legislation restricting toxic chemicals. Moreover, elected officials have been hearing the...

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New York's Child Safe Products Act

Advocates in the state of New York are looking to protect children from toxic chemical contamination by passing a comprehensive bill which would identify chemicals of concern and keep them out of children's products. The bill would promote safer alternatives...

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The States react to the President's Cancer Panel

Earlier this month the President's Cancer Panel, a panel of doctors who serve as a medical advisory committee to the President, released a report recommending that Americans take action in order to reduce cancer risk in their lives. The recommendations...

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BPA in Cans: The States Respond

The response around the country to Tuesday's No Silver Lining report release was loud and clear: Americans want Bisphenol-A (BPA) out of their cans, and they want it out now. The report found BPA in over 90% of the cans...

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Breaking News: No Silver Lining about BPA in Cans

Today, a report was released revealing new information about the amount of bisphenol-A (BPA) in our food products. Researchers collected 50 food and beverage containers from several states and Ontario, Canada. The cans contained a wide variety of products, and...

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Massachusetts BPA solution falls short

This week, the Massachusetts Public Health Council met to discuss a proposal to phase out certain children's products containing bisphenol-A (BPA). Our partner organization, The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, praised the move toward BPA regulation but urged that the...

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Cancer and the Environment: The President's Cancer Panel

Last week, the President's Cancer Panel -- a panel of doctors originally appointed by President Bush -- released a damning report underlining the acute need for stronger toxics laws. The report, which was submitted to President Obama before it was...

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BPA update: Victories in Maryland, Vermont and BPA-free cans

It has only been a few weeks since we have updated you on the fight against Bisphenol-A (BPA) , but we have a lot of news to report. BPA is the ubiquitous chemical that is in hard plastics, can liners,...

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The Safe Chemicals Act: The states weigh in

This month, the Safe Chemicals Act was introduced into Congress. This bill will be the overhaul to the Toxic Substances Chemicals Act -- the decades-old law that regulates toxic chemical use in this country. Time magazine said it well when...

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The Safe Chemicals Act: States Still in the Lead

by Laurie Valeriano, Policy Director for the Washington Toxics Coalition. This is a big moment for environmental health advocates and organizations like the Washington Toxics Coalition: today Congress released the Safe Chemicals Act, which is the first draft of a...

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BPA in our oceans: Hard plastics affecting whales and wildlife

This post was originally published by Washington Toxics Coalition. Japanese scientists have uncovered evidence that plastics are decomposing in oceans and releasing toxic chemicals. In tests from more than 200 sites in 20 countries, they discovered higher-than-expected levels of bisphenol...

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Safety of cosmetic products: Who is protecting us?

Our partner organization in Maine -- The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine -- has released a report which analyzed the safety of chemicals that are found in twelve cosmetic and personal care products. The report outlines specific findings...

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Massachusetts citizens call for strong BPA ban

The state of Massachusetts is considering a limited bisphenol-a (BPA) ban, with the charge being led by Governor Deval Patrick. When making this announcement, Governor Patrick mentioned regulation on baby bottles and sippy cups. However Safer representatives in the state...

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BPA Update: Victory in WA, Other News

More than 200 scientific studies have linked Bisphenol-A (BPA) to known health effects including impaired brain and reproductive development in unborn babies, miscarriage in pregnant women, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Populations that are particularly vulnerable to BPA are infants, children...

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Flame Retardant Report on NPR

This month, The Environment Report ran a series of stories about flame retardants which were broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the country. The stories clearly summarized the threat that flame retardants—-also known as PBDEs—-play in our everyday lives. PBDEs accumulate...

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Focus on Connecticut

This week, we checked in with Sarah Uhl, the coordinator for Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut. It's no surprise that the state that passed the most comprehensive bisphenol-a bill in the nation has lots of exciting toxics news...

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BPA update: Wisconsin, Maryland, Washington

More than 200 scientific studies have linked Bisphenol-A (BPA) to known health effects including impaired brain and reproductive development in unborn babies, miscarriage in pregnant women, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Populations that are particularly vulnerable to BPA are infants, children...

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The Toxies names the bad actors of toxics

We are all looking forward to the Oscars this weekend, but this week Hollywood played host to another awards ceremony: The Toxies. This tongue-in-cheek awards ceremony hosted by Citizens for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) was created to bring...

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Focus on New York State

Guest post by Bobbi Chase Wilding, organizing director of Clean New York. The New York State legislative session opened in January, and our coalition members are working hard to make sure that environmental health is a top priority. Child-Safe Products...

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Maryland BPA ban heads to Governor for approval

Great news this morning: Maryland may be the third state in the nation to pass a ban against bisphenol-A (BPA) . The BPA Free Baby Bottle act is looking to ban BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups and would...

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Action alert: Ask congress to ban PBTs

We've been talking about TSCA a lot around here -- it's the reform of Toxic Substances Control Act that will soon begin wending its way through the congressional process in Washington DC. It's important because it will update a 1976...

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BPA update in California

Good news out of California as they begin the slow march toward removing Bisphenol-A (BPA) from the lives of Californians. Proposition 65 is a law that was passed by California voters in 1986. Under this law, the government must publish...

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Focus on Minnesota

This week, we checked in with Peter Starzynski, Coalition Coordinator for Healthy Legacy. This is an organization that supports the passage of laws and policies in Minnesota that will help its citizens lead healthy, toxic-free lives. BPA BAN Last May,...

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Washington State mom testifies before Congress

In November, we told you about the Earliest Exposures Report -- a report which described the test results of pregnant women who were tested in Washington, Oregon and California. Despite their best efforts, the mothers-to-be tested with high levels of...

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Washington State gets close to a BPA ban

Great news out of Washington state: Bisphenol-A (BPA) is close to being banned, which would make it the third state in the nation to pass a BPA ban in some form. Here’s the current status: The Washington State House of...

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The health case for TSCA reform

The evidence is clear: Americans will be healthier if exposure to toxic chemicals is reduced, resulting in lower health care costs across the nation. This information is in an analysis released last week titled "The health case for reforming the...

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