November 29, 2016
As promised, EPA announced the first ten toxic chemicals that they’ll evaluate in order to protect human health and the environment. It's a great start, and a call for states to act in partnership with the agency.
September 07, 2016
Until everyone enjoys a safe and healthy workplace, it’s our responsibility to follow in the footsteps of our labor heroes and insist on a better way.
July 29, 2016
Walmart has the power to influence how 90,000 items are made by 700 manufacturers. So when the world’s largest retailer pledges to remove ten toxics from products on its shelves, it’s no small change.
July 01, 2016
In project TENDR, national scientists and health experts are speaking with a single voice: If we are to reduce autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disabilities and other learning and behavioral disabilities, we must address toxic chemical threats. State-level work is essential if we’re to avoid creating the next toxic legacy.
June 22, 2016
President Obama signed reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act into law. But it will take time and resources to ensure that gaps, flaws and weaknesses are addressed — along with the work of state-grown experts who have been effectively driving chemical stewardship for decades.
May 25, 2016
Even as federal chemical policy reform is enacted, states must do their part as experts in innovative chemical policy.
May 20, 2016
By Memorial Day, our nation could pass a long-awaited overhaul of a bedrock environmental law that will guide the way our nation regulates toxic chemicals. And after 40 years of broken legislation, isn’t it time we got it right? Unfortunately, the proposal that will soon be up for a vote would take away the rights of states to protect their citizens. Safer States joins Congress members and state environmental officials urging lawmakers to fix the problem before a final vote.
April 07, 2016
Legislation banning toxic flame retardants was signed in Washington — and moving all across the country!
February 22, 2016
23 states and the District of Columbia will take on toxic chemicals in everyday products in 2016. Is your state on the list?
February 01, 2016
It’s the duty of a state Attorney General to counsel government on how the law works best for the nation. So when twelve of them are telling Congress what states need in order to protect people from toxic chemicals, it’s worth a listen.
January 05, 2016
From market share to protected citizens to healthier products — we do the numbers for toxics in 2015
December 18, 2015
On the evening of December 17, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would amend the nation's main chemical policy, the 1976 Toxics Substances Control Act. As lawmakers negotiate a final bill, SAFER states will continue to work hard to ensure that states remain empowered to protect citizens from toxic chemicals.
October 12, 2015
State action is a powerful force that affects change nationwide. And we need that power working in harmony with federal law for the best interest of our health, environment and economy well into the future.
August 13, 2015
Today, 11 states have legislation in place requiring “green cleaning” in schools and five more are considering such policies. These policies are delivering better health, attendance and student performance, even as they reduce costs. When will all states adopt 21st century safer cleaning practices?
June 04, 2015
Things are heating up in the Capitol over reforming our deeply broken chemical regulations. With a Senate bill full of red tape and potential loopholes, it's more important than ever that states retain the right to protect their people from toxic chemicals.
May 11, 2015
Home Depot and Lowe's have agreed to phase out toxic phthalates from their vinyl flooring by the end of 2015. Why? Because people who vote with their dollars want safer products.
May 05, 2015
A bill to reform chemical policy is on its way to the Senate floor, even as fiery debate continues over essential details, including the role of states. Meanwhile, states keep moving on protective chemical policy at home.
April 14, 2015
Things can get ugly, complicated and personal when Congress debates reform of the long-broken Toxic Substances Control Act. Safer state experts help keep the mission clear; but we need individual voices to speak up, too.
March 19, 2015
If someone were threatening to take away your rights, you’d talk to a lawyer. But what if someone were threatening to take away a right from your entire state? That’s when you call on the Attorney General. And the Attorneys General of California, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington all spoke up this week to defend their states—and public health—from a bad proposal.
March 18, 2015
Proposed chemical policy "reform" shuts state governments out of the process. But when you’re up against a really strong opponent, it just doesn’t make sense to keep your best players on the bench.
March 10, 2015
Call it a gift to the chemical industry. Call it an insult to state health and environmental authorities. But don’t make the mistake of calling it a “chemical safety” bill.
February 09, 2015
Brace yourselves: Safer States predicts that if you are in one of the 28 states stepping up to propose chemical policy in 2015, you can expect some high-stakes visitors in your state capitol.
January 28, 2015
There’s good news on the cover of a January 2015 Sunday Chicago Tribune. A health hazard hidden in most of our homes may be on its way out. What will it take to end the use of toxic flame retardants in furniture once and for all?
December 18, 2014
Shiny spin and slick graphics can't hide the truth — brominated flame retardants are dangerous.
September 24, 2014
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has introduced a bill to ban 10 toxic flame retardants from furniture and children's products. How did our nation wake up to the truth about these toxic chemicals? It took years of efforts from state legislators and hospitals, investigative reporters and furniture manufacturers.
July 30, 2014
A new government report confirms that phthalates — chemicals in everything from rubber duckies to vindyl flooring — are dangerous. They recommend pulling certain phthalates off the shelf, and call for further study on the hazards of everyday exposure.
June 17, 2014
With a few short days of session left, New York State is poised join states around the country protecting children from toxic chemicals. The Child Safe Products Act would require manufacturers to let us know when dangerous chemicals show up in kids’ products, so consumers can make safe, informed choices, and phase out some of the worst-of-the-worst chemicals.
April 27, 2014
When you go to Walgreens to buy everyday items — shower curtains, hand soap, toothpaste, school supplies — you shouldn't have to worry about toxic chemicals. With this message in mind, consumers around the country came together to return these toxic products to Walgreens, along with a message: get tough on toxic chemicals!
February 28, 2014
The Chemicals in Commerce Act may look like progress — but we're not fooled. It's a vehicle for more secrets, more safety data loopholes, and faster introduction of untested chemicals—all disguised as “reform” of a badly outdated 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act.
January 28, 2014
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 everyday products.
October 16, 2013
Target joins the list of retailers listening to state policy and addressing toxic chemicals.
October 03, 2013
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 that a new investigation uncovered nearly 25% of Walmart jewelry tested contained high levels of lead. As we all know, this isn't safe. Lead is a toxin that adversely affects brain development in children and affects the nervous system. It's one of the worst-of-the-worst chemicals: it builds up in humans and the environment, it does great harm, and it stays around for a very long time.
September 26, 2013
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 chemicals have been enacted in over 34 states. And those wins have led to protections well beyond the borders of those states.
September 18, 2013
Walmart announces their new chemical policy — which includes phasing out 10 toxic chemicals from its products, from personal care products to household cleaners.
August 25, 2013
When policymakers want to get harmful chemicals out of everyday, household products, they often face a choice: They can attack the chemicals one by one with specific bans. But they can also choose take a more comprehensive approach with programs that identify chemicals of high concern, require disclosure of chemicals in products, and find safer alternatives to harmful chemicals.
February 21, 2013
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, these chemicals have received increased scrutiny from health advocates, the fire safety community, and policymakers. The time to take action on these chemicals has hopefully arrived.
November 13, 2012
Behind seemingly friendly, brightly-colored face of the toy industry's trade association lies a more nefarious goal: laser-focused dedication to the bottom line of the companies it represents, at the cost of the health of children.
August 14, 2012
Is it "extreme" to be concerned about toxic chemicals? The American Chemistry Council says yes. But a broad collection of voices says no.
August 13, 2012
At nearly every turn, the advocacy organizations working for fair laws that protect the most vulnerable are opposed by industry organizations backed by billions of dollars of influence. After talking with experts throughout the country, we've noticed patterns in how the opposition defeats good bills, state by state.
June 14, 2012
Cal Dooley, President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), claims that the ACC has not lobbied on behalf of flame retardant chemistries in state legislatures and state agencies. Many of the Safer States organizations have direct evidence refuting this confusing claim.
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Six decades after "Minamata disease" mercury poisoning was first discovered, victims and their advocates are demanding tests for food toxicity and illnesses be carried out to help identify patients.
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