The first story I heard on the news Monday evening was about the stir caused by safety testing one of this season’s “it” toys – a certain kind of stuffed hamster. A consumer advocacy group had found the toy contained levels of an element called antimony that exceed government standards but then conceded that its testing method did not match that of government testers. To assure the public of the toy’s safety, the manufacturer has now released its testing report.
Congress must hear the calls for strong, meaningful reform coming from all sectors – businesses looking to shore up consumer confidence in their products, mothers concerned about chemicals leaching from their baby’s bottles, and workers looking for a safe working environment.
Below is an important essay from Gary Cohen, founder of Health Care Without Harm and a key member of our coalition. The 25th anniversary of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India is a mournful occasion, and an excellent reminder of how far we still have to go before we can truly say we have learned our lesson.
Only you can devise the right strategy for avoiding toxic family drama, but here are some quick tips for keeping the big meal chemical-free.
On November 17, the Washington Toxics Coalition released a groundbreaking study on toxics in pregnant women’s bodies. The project tested nine pregnant women from Washington, Oregon and California for levels of toxic chemicals in their bodies, and thus being exposed to their fetuses.
Erin Brockovich helped remind everyone that toxic chemicals aren’t going to go away without a fight
In anticipation of a serious update to the disco-era Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Congress today began hearing expert testimony on which of the many toxic chemicals currently in circulation should be reviewed first.
Today Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families released the findings from a poll that finds Americans are very concerned about exposure to toxic chemicals. Voters want the EPA to be given more power to regulate chemicals.
Very soon, your town could be crawling with supporters of toxic chemical reform. The Million Baby Crawl will be hosting events in cities across the U.S. Check out the list of cities and dates.
People are really starting to get it. Remember when we all learned about lead in toys? People were incredulous – how could this happen in America? Most assumed that this was a single case, and China was to blame. Now that people understand that BPA is in their baby bottles, PCBs still contaminate school grounds, their patience is waning.