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Landmark FR Bill Passes in Maine

August 03, 2017

Jen Coleman

This week, the state of Maine proved its mettle as a champion of public health, passing a ban on all added flame retardant chemicals in new upholstered furniture starting next year. 

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Toxics Policies Prediction for 2015

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.

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Will our nation wake from a flame retardant nightmare?

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. 

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At Least 33 States to Consider Toxics Policies in 2014

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.

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Stories from the Trenches: Industry Opposition at Every Turn

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. 

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News Around The World

September 19, 2017
CNN
Fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQ in kids, study says.

Increased levels of prenatal fluoride exposure may be associated with lower cognitive function in children, a new study says.

September 19, 2017
Globe and Mail
Ban ‘neonic’ pesticides. Our food supplies are at risk.

Over all, the global experiment with neonics is emerging as a clear example of pest-control failure.

September 19, 2017
Northeast Indiana Public Radio
State takes long view of East Chicago's affordable housing needs.

Lake County and East Chicago could have new affordable housing by 2020 as part of a state tax credit program called Moving Forward. It’s how officials plan to fulfill their promise to help East Chicago residents displaced by lead contamination.

September 19, 2017
Associated Press
Evidence of spills at toxic site in Texas during floods after Harvey.

The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston's dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped.

September 19, 2017
New York Times
In Mexico, weavers embrace natural alternatives to toxic dyes.

Concerned about the health impacts of textile chemicals, traditional artisans are producing vivid colors from crushed insects and forest plants.

September 19, 2017
Greenwire
Missing EPA report warned of flooding at Superfund dumps.

U.S. EPA officials determined in 2014 that "flooding and inundation from more intense" storms could spur Superfund sites to spew contaminants.

September 18, 2017
Denver Post
Colorado mulls state limit for groundwater contamination from PFCs.

Colorado health officials grappling with groundwater contamination from firefighting foam — containing a toxic chemical the federal government allows — have proposed to set a state limit to prevent more problems.

September 18, 2017
Seattle Times
Congressman seeks money for cleanup of firefighting foams on military bases.

A bill in Congress sets aside nearly $62 million to help clean up wells contaminated by military’s use of firefighting foams. Three bases in Washington state where the chemical pollution has been found could benefit.

September 18, 2017
Beckley Register-Herald
EPA response to Fayetteville PCB.

An object located beneath PCB-contaminated soil near Fayetteville is a suspected underground storage tank, but a spokesman said Thursday that the EPA has never approved the plot of land as a PCB disposal site.

September 18, 2017
Las Vegas Sun
Bad to the last drop: EPA cuts would put water quality at risk.

No one who lives in a desert oasis like we do can ever take water for granted. We need a strong partner at our side.

September 18, 2017
The Guardian
Women of childbearing age around world suffering toxic levels of mercury.

A study finds excessive levels of the metal, which can seriously harm unborn children, in women from Alaska to Indonesia, due to gold mining, industrial pollution and fish-rich diets.

September 18, 2017
Bloomberg News
Garbage from Irma will fuel Florida’s power grid.

As long as they’re throwing stuff away, many counties find, they may as well make electricity out of it.