Breaking Down Success: how state policies need to look at toxic chemicals to keep us safe

August 11, 2020

Drake Skaggs

In 2020 many states moved to address and regulate chemicals by class, rather than one at a time. Previous regulations that ban individual chemicals can be dodged by the chemical industry, as they move a molecule or two to create “new” chemicals with similar toxicities but not subject to regulation. 

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2020 Victories Against Toxic Chemicals

July 20, 2020

Drake Skaggs

This year’s state-level victories around protecting us from toxic chemical exposures reflect a bold vision for a future where communities are healthy, resilient, and not harmed by toxic chemicals; where harmful chemicals are banned in the marketplace; where companies that have caused the harm are held accountable; and where polluted communities are cleaned up. 

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Environmental Justice Series: Viola (“Vi”) Waghiyi

May 12, 2020

Environmental Health and Justice Program Director; Alaska Community Action on Toxics

Safer States believes that issues of environmental, economic and racial justice intersect at their core, and require combined solutions to get at root causes of these critical problems. 

Featured this month in our spotlight justice series:  excerpts from an interview with Vi Waghiyi of Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT)

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10 Documentaries to Stream for Earth Day

April 22, 2020

Drake Skaggs

Check out our list of 10 documentaries to watch this Earth Day!

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Eight reasons to actually celebrate on National Teflon Day

April 06, 2020

Beth Kemler

Although the Trump administration has fallen down on the job of protecting us from PFAS, public health advocates have worked alongside Congress, states, cities, and retailers to pick up the baton and run with it. And we’re making good progress! So here are your eight reasons to SMILE on National Teflon Day.


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Guest Blog: North Carolina Calls for PFAS Action

April 01, 2020

Mark Ruffalo joined community members, advocates and decision makers on the ‘Why We Fight’ tour to call for swift and significant action on PFAS pollution in North Carolina.

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Guest Statement: Maryland General Assembly Passes Family and Firefighter Protection Act

March 24, 2020

Maryland PIRG

Maryland General Assembly passed a bill to restrict the use of chemical flame retardants in furniture, children’s products and mattresses.

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State Legislatures Take the Lead on Turning off Tap on Toxic Chemicals

February 05, 2020

Gretchen Salter, 206-619-0973

At least 29 states will consider more than 180 policies to require companies to disclose what is in their products as well as limit exposures to toxic chemicals. These policies include bans on PFAS in food packaging and firefighting foam as well as bans on toxic flame retardants in electronics.

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House passes PFAS Action Act

January 14, 2020

Jamie Nolan, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Bill would provide initial steps to address the PFAS crisis

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