Policy & Regulation
Our coalition is working to repair our broken chemical policy system to protect against toxic chemical exposures.
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 […]
By Felicia Willems, North Carolina mom Originally posted on MomsRising.org On January 3rd, I met with MomsRising members in Wilmington, North Carolina for a “Parent Warrior Brigade” for toxic chemicals reform. We were joined by Jerry Ensminger, fellow “Parent Warrior” and former Marine drill sergeant, whose daughter died from leukemia after exposure to toxic chemicals in the water […]
By Andy Igrejas, Campaign Director As you may have heard, Lisa Jackson has announced that she is stepping down as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. No one can blame her. It’s an increasingly thankless job. But I’m going to miss her and you should too, as the storminess of her tenure has implications for […]
Chemical industry sponsors website trying to calm worried parents By Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director It’s really pretty gross. And transparent. A new website was launched called “Kids + Chemical Safety,” hosted by a non-profit organization, yet sponsored by the largest coalition of chemical manufacturers in the country. Their stated goal? To provide "balanced information" for […]
By Lindsay Dahl It’s an old paradigm – the idea that protecting public health, the environment and a thriving businesses economy are somehow at odds. But as you might imagine, old sayings die hard in Washington. In response, today the American Sustainable Business Council are bringing some business leaders to Washington to let Congress know that protecting […]
Passing the Safe Chemicals Act: Time to Woman Up
When Herbert H. Dow tapped the bromine salt deposits beneath Midland, Michigan, he launched a major chemical company and the chemistry that, more than a century later, still haunts our homes and bodies with toxic flame retardants. Scientists shed new light on this growing chemical threat just last week, with two research teams reporting results […]
By Laura MacCleery Laura is a mom and valued Safer Chemicals Blogger – check out her blog Laura’s Rules and follow her on Twitter. Here’s a basic truth every Mom knows: it’s far easier to avoid making a mess than to clean it up after the fact. And here’s another fundamental rule we all tell […]
We recently learned some startling things about the chemical industry. Since 2005 they have spent $375 million dollars on elections and lobbying Congress. In just the third quarter of 2012, the chemical industry trade association spent $3.48 million dollars lobbying Congress to block reform. And in the first six months of this year, Dow Chemical […]
With the elections behind us, it’s time to take stock of their meaning for our chemical reform effort. In short: things are looking bright. There will certainly be a debate in the full U.S. Senate and in statehouses around the country next year. We are in a good position to win that debate.