Policy & Regulation
Our coalition is working to repair our broken chemical policy system to protect against toxic chemical exposures.
US Consumer Product Safety Commission warns consumers: avoid furniture, kids’ products, mattresses, and electronics containing toxic flame retardant chemicals
Washington, DC – The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today published a warning to consumers, especially pregnant women and young children, to avoid kids’ products, electronics, mattresses, and home furniture that contain certain flame retardant chemicals, known as organohalogens.
Washington, DC — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted today to grant a petition by Earthjustice, Consumer Federation of America and several coalition partners to use its authority under the Federal Hazardous Substance Act and adopt rules to protect consumers and children from the health hazards of toxic flame retardant chemicals used in four categories of household products (children’s products, furniture, mattresses and the casings surrounding electronics).
WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families filed petitions asking a federal court to review two rules recently finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement the 2016 Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act. The petitions challenge final rules on how EPA will prioritize chemicals for safety review and evaluate the risks of those chemicals.
Firefighters and families worked alongside a powerful coalition of labor and environmental groups, including the Environmental Health Strategy Center and its action arm, Prevent Harm, to pass what now is the first law in the nation to phase out all toxic flame retardants in upholstered furniture.
Washington, DC—Public health advocates began the process to sue seven companies, including a unit of Dow, for their apparent failure to report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) their importation of n-Propyl Bromide (“nPB,” also known as 1-bromopropane), as required by EPA regulations.
The final “framework rules” for how EPA will implement the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act put chemical industry interests ahead of the health of our children and our families.
Environmental health coalition disappointed by polluter-friendly rules
Today we were joined by two dozen of our coalition partners in sending a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about one of his new hires—a chemical industry advocate who got one of the top spots in the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
This week EPA held a listening session to consider repealing, replacing or modifying rules that protect kids from lead. Maureen Swanson, Director of Learning Disabilities Association of America’s Healthy Children Project delivered the following statement.
Toxic flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) has been used in foam building insulation for years. A new estimate finds about 99 million pounds of it have been used in the U.S. It’s time for EPA to decide whether HBCD poses an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment.