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As the US Senate begins consideration of the recently introduced Chemical Safety Improvement Act, I want them to think about the brain.
Most of us don’t think about our brains. It’s like thinking about our hearts beating or about the sun rising and setting each day.
The human brain develops in an incredibly intricate and elegantly orchestrated series of events. Brain cells (neurons) divide, migrate, differentiate and communicate. At birth, a baby’s brain has about 100 billion neurons that are in place and beginning to connect with each other, sending and receiving messages. The brain continues to grow and strengthen connections throughout childhood.
Wow. That’s a lot happening in just nine months. But that’s not the part I really want our Senators to think about.
I am a Great Lakes enthusiast; in fact my love of the lakes is one of the driving forces that led me to this work. I spend my summer vacation on Lake Superior, took frequent camping trips along the North Shore of Superior in college, and have enjoyed friend’s weddings along the banks of Lake Michigan.
There’s something about the Great Lakes that hooks us. Whether or not you live in a Great Lakes state, if you’ve experienced their beauty you know how important it is to protect them.
That’s why dozens of Great Lakes organizations have come together to ask the nation’s top ten retailers to protect these valuable resources from toxic chemical pollutants. As part of the letter to retailers, the organizations attached a new fact sheet highlighting some of the new science around toxic chemical pollutants in the Great Lakes, including the nasty “PBT” chemicals that stay in the environment, to “emerging contaminants” like Triclosan, which are rapidly rising as Great Lakes pollutants.
Who knew that toxic flame retardants would be making headlines the way they are these days? There’s been so much new scientific research breaking on this class of chemicals and regulatory steps in the works, we thought it would be nice to summarize all that’s taken place in the last few weeks.
The U.S. EPA recently announced that it would assess twenty chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act, an important signal of leadership from the agency. The vast majority of the chemicals are flame retardants, which have been linked to developmental disabilities are used widely in sofas and other furnishings. Our campaign Director, Andy Igrejas responded […]
The Vermont state Senate could approve legislation as soon as today limiting exposure to a toxic flame retardant (the same one that was removed from children’s PJ’s decades ago) and is now turning up in home furnishings like sofas. Washington state and Connecticut are not far behind. So far, our friends at Safer States count […]
Toxic Flame Retardants Found in Day Care Nap Mats
Newly Proposed California Regulations Will Improve National Health and Fire Safety
26 States to Consider Toxic Chemicals Legislation in 2013 The following post was originally published at Safer States. By Sarah Doll, National Director for Safer States Despite intense industry opposition and Congressional inaction, state governments continue to defend the public from toxic chemical exposure. Each year, state legislatures continue to prove that they are the […]
For most people, the only dangerous thing about your couch is the risk of spending money on a nice piece of furniture, only to have your cat shred it to pieces. But today a startling new peer reviewed study came out in Environmental Science and Technology, showing that couches across America contain high levels of […]