In May of 2015, the Minnesota Legislature quietly passed the nation’s most comprehensive flame retardant product ban to date. However, a current Senate proposal to reform regulation of chemicals at the federal level puts future state laws like this at risk.
The Value of Knowing and Caring about What’s Actually in Legislation
It looks as though the Senate is likely to vote on TSCA reform this week and the propaganda machine is in full swing. Yesterday, I took a call from New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, thinking he was writing about the legislation and what the issues were. I didn’t realize he was actually writing a column about us, instigated, as he admits, by his “old friend” at the Environmental Defense Fund’s affiliate. The column is flat wrong, but it also provides an opportunity to talk about where we are and what’s at stake.
Recently, Target quietly posted a rather important update to its sustainable products standard addressing toxic chemicals.
A striking difference between the Senate and House bills is their length. But does a “comprehensive” bill necessarily mean a better chemical safety program?
What’s in it? What’s next?
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the TSCA Modernization Act by a whopping 398 to 1 vote.
Luckily, there are steps that pregnant women can take to avoid consuming more of these toxics than necessary.
Would you like a side of pesticide with your juicy apple? If 92% of conventionally grown apples contained 2 or more pesticide residues. Just how dirty is your food?
The House unveiled a new version of the TSCA Modernization Act (H.R. 2576) last week and it will be voted on by the full House Energy and Commerce Committee tomorrow. We’ve generally been positive about the direction of this effort, in spite of the problems in the original discussion draft for a few reasons: The […]
Did you know that every day you’re exposed to thousands of toxins and chemicals? There are over 10,000 chemical ingredients, some of them known or suspected carcinogens, in soaps, shampoos, lotions, make-up and beauty products, and other personal care products.
Who will be Next to Join Them?
Fantastic news!! Home Depot and Lowe’s, the two largest home improvement chains in the country, announced they will ban toxic phthalates added to vinyl flooring by the end of the year!