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NEW HOUSE DRAFT CHEMICALS BILL REMAINS A SETBACK
April 23, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014 Washington, DC – House Energy and Commerce Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today unveiled a redraft of legislation purporting to modernize the nation’s outdated chemical laws. The previous draft has been criticized by public health and environment groups for rolling back some of the few protections provided by current law. The draft comes in advance of a hearing to consider the bill on April 29. Andy Igrejas, director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a coalition of business, labor and NGO groups seeking chemical policy reform said: "We appreciate Chairman...

Parents Return Walgreens Products Tested for Toxic Chemicals
April 16, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Actions take place across the country as consumer challenge to retailers escalates Washington, DC – Concerned parents and health professionals descended on nearly 50 Walgreens stores nationwide today, saying the company has failed to take action on toxic chemicals in their products. The shoppers pointed to a new study showing that some Walgreens products contain harmful chemicals linked to cancer, learning disabilities, infertility and other serious health conditions. The event was part of a national “Mind the Store” day of action to raise awareness of toxic chemicals in consumer products. Today’s actions were in response to a...

Health Leaders and Film Makers Stand Together Against Controversial Chemical Bill
March 26, 2014
Thousands spurred to action across the country March 26, Washington, DC -- The filmmaker’s of HBO’s Toxic Hot Seat along with health leaders across the country are cautioning citizens against falling for the current toxics bill being positioned as progress. Instead, they say the proposed “Chemicals in Commerce Act,” which would 'reform' the Toxic Substances Control Act, would make it harder for state and federal authorities to protect the public from dangerous toxic chemicals. The groups say it’s time to “Give Toxics The Boot” and are launching a campaign aimed at educating the public on how toxic chemicals affect public...

March Badness: New study finds toxic chemicals in University Themed products
March 19, 2014
HealthyStuff.org announces March Badness tournament to determine the MTP – Most Toxic Product Study finds safer alternatives are already on the market Tony Iallonardo, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, 202.503.8581, [email protected] Jeff Gearhart, Ecology Center, 734-369-9276, [email protected] Rebecca Meuninck, Ecology Center, 734-369-9278, cell 734-276-8005, [email protected] A new study finds that 7 in 10 (71%) of university-themed products sold at top retailers contain one or more hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, bromine, chlorine and mercury and cadmium. The study is part of ongoing research at HealthyStuff.org (a project of the Michigan-based nonprofit organization, the Ecology Center) on harmful chemicals in consumer products....

House Chemical Bill Fails to Protect Public from Toxic Chemicals
February 28, 2014
Washington, DC - Late yesterday, Representative Shimkus (R-IL), the Chairman of the Environment and Economy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, unveiled legislation titled the “Chemicals in Commerce Act” that would update the 37 year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Labeled a “discussion draft,” the proposal will form the basis of discussion in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It follows six months of hearings in the Committee and several more months of debate over a similar Senate bill, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), that has since stalled. Andy Igrejas, the Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families...

Walmart Expands Chemical Policy
February 27, 2014
Move Will Help Shift Global Market to Safer Products Washington, DC – The world's largest retailer, Walmart, unveiled its sustainable chemicals policy "Implementation Guide" today. The Guide details how the company will work with suppliers to bring safer products to millions of American shoppers. Walmart's program is guided by the list of chemicals that Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families published last April as part of the Mind the Store campaign. The campaign asks the top ten retailers to a phase-out the "Hazardous 100+" chemicals in the products they sell. Mike Schade, campaign director of Mind the Store said: "This is a...

Report: Toxic Chemicals Widespread in Children's Products
February 6, 2014
Companies Report Thousands of Uses of Toxic Chemicals Under Washington State Law Seattle, WA – Makers of children’s products have reported widespread use of hazardous chemicals under the landmark Washington state 2008 Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA). “What’s on Your List? Toxic Chemicals in Your Shopping Cart,” reveals the prevalence of chemicals that can cause cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive and developmental problems in products readily available for purchase at many of the country’s largest retailers. Among the total 4,605 reports of toxic chemicals in children’s products are reports of cancer-causing formaldehyde in children’s tableware and harmful flame retardants in...

New Study: Policy Change, Consumer Pressure Cut Exposure to Class of Toxic Chemicals
January 15, 2014
Washington, DC – A new study released today in Environmental Health Perspectives documents that Americans’ exposure to a class of toxic chemicals, called phthalates, has dropped in part due to a 2008 law passed by Congress. Consumer campaigns focused on the chemicals’ widespread use in cosmetics also likely contributed to the drop. In the meantime, exposure to unregulated phthalates, with unclear health effects, has risen. The class of chemicals studied are known as phthalates. They are found in most soft vinyl (PVC) products, building materials, raincoats and cosmetics. A 2008 law, banned some phthalates from children's products because of their...

Moms Demand Congress Clean Up Toxic Chemicals in 'Stroller Brigade' at Capitol
October 29, 2013
Parents join actor Jennifer Beals in calling for increased regulation Washington, DC – Hundreds of parents and their children descended on the nation's capital today, calling on Congress to protect their families from toxic chemicals. Today's “Stroller Brigade” for safer chemicals comes at a moment as the U.S. Senate makes its most serious attempt to reform federal laws in nearly forty years. Toxic chemicals – many of which are linked to cancer, birth defects, early puberty, asthma and other serious illness - have been found in common consumer products ranging from household cleaners, to children’s products and building materials. The...

Target Takes Historic Step on Toxic Chemicals
October 14, 2013
New Standard Affects Thousands of Products Washington, DC – Target, the nation’s third largest retailer, announced today a new “Sustainable Product Standard,” that would rate thousands of cleaners, personal care, beauty and baby care products based on the safety and sustainability of their ingredients. The new system gives the greatest weight to products that avoid a list of slightly more than 100 known toxic chemicals almost identical to the list proposed for retailers by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families in April. The announcement comes just one month after Walmart announced it would begin disclosing chemicals in many product categories while phasing...

Walmart Disclosing and Phasing Out Many Toxic Chemicals in Historic Move
September 12, 2013
Washington, DC – The world's largest retailer, Walmart, announced today it would begin disclosing chemicals in many product categories while phasing out approximately ten chemicals from products, in favor of safer alternatives. It also announced that it will pursue EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) imprimatur for some of its private label products. The disclosure practices will begin in 2015 and apply to cleaners, personal care products, cosmetics and baby care. Walmart declined to say which specific chemicals would be phased out but has confirmed they all appear on the list of chemicals that Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families published in...

Most Food Cans Contain Chemical Harmful to Pregnant Mothers, Report
September 10, 2013
Washington, DC – A new report from the Breast Cancer Fund today finds that pregnant mothers are commonly exposed to the harmful chemical bisphenol-a (BPA) in part as a result of eating canned food. The chemical is linked to hormone disruption, miscarriages and birth defects. While BPA has been removed from baby bottles and canned formula, the industry largely continues to use the substance in other canned products. The chemical industry has fought regulation of BPA, most recently by opposing adding it to a federal “chemicals of concern,' list. The industry trade group American Chemistry Council called the proposed action...

New Study of Picnic Supplies Finds Lead, Phthalates, Hazardous Flame Retardants, Organotins and Other Harmful Ingredients
August 8, 2013
Study Toxic chemicals 'even follow us into the outdoors' Mind the Store Calls on Top Ten Retailers to Phase Out Toxics (Ann Arbor, MI) -- Researchers released a new study of chemical hazards in picnic products sold at top ten national retailers, finding most have one or more hazardous chemicals linked to serious health problems. The nonprofit Ecology Center tested 58 common outdoor picnic products for substances that have been linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity and cancer. Products tested included tablecloths, placemats, picnic baskets, coolers, water toys, folding chairs and umbrellas purchased from 8...

Senate Approves Gina McCarthy to Head EPA
July 18, 2013
For Immediate Release: July 18, 2013 Washington, DC – After months of delay, today the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Gina McCarthy to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by a vote of 59 to 40. McCarthy will succeed Lisa Jackson, who headed EPA during Obama’s first term. EPA oversees numerous programs regulating toxic chemicals. Andy Igrejas, Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families said: "We congratulate Ms. McCarthy on today’s Senate vote and look forward to her taking the helm at EPA during this critical period. Lisa Jackson often said it was vital we fix our...

SCHF issues position on Chemical Safety Improvement Act
June 11, 2013
Sincere effort at bi-partisan progress; needs improvement to ensure adequate protection We commend the bi-partisan group of Senators on the introduction of the Chemical Safety Improvement Act. We view it as a sincere effort to cut through Washington gridlock on the urgent issue of protecting the public from toxic chemicals. However, we do not support the legislation in its current form. After an initial review, we urge the sponsors and Senator Boxer, Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, to strengthen the legislation in critical areas. These proposed improvements fit within the framework of the Chemical Safety Improvement Act...

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Mourns Loss of Senator Lautenberg
June 3, 2013
Washington, DC – The oldest member of the U.S. Senate, and the longtime champion for chemical policy reform, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has passed away. Andy Igrejas, who grew up in New Jersey and is executive director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a coalition of 450 public health, environment, business and labor groups, issued the following statement: "We are all deeply saddened to learn of Senator Frank Lautenberg's passing this morning. He was a genuine public health hero, and the leading champion for protecting the public from toxic chemicals. The Senator never forgot where he came from, and who he...

Bipartisan Bill Signals Momentum for Chemical Reform
May 22, 2013
Washington, DC – Today, Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) jointly introduced the Chemical Safety Improvement Act. The bill, sponsored by eight Democrats and eight Republicans, aims to reform the outdated federal toxics law currently on the books that both industry and public interest groups say has become unworkable. Andy Igrejas, executive director of ‘Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families’, a coalition of 450 public health, environment, business and labor groups, issued the following statement: "Cracking down on harmful chemicals has strong public support across the political spectrum and you see that reflected in this group of Senators. We congratulate...

Cute babies and deformed frogs in Times Square turn up heat on retailers over chemicals
May 1, 2013
Ad Campaign asks Industry Leaders to "Mind the Store" New York, NY – Consumers fed up with gridlock in Washington are urged to use their power of the purse in new ads running in the retail mecca of Times Square. With the campaign, called "Mind the Store," the nation's leading health and environmental groups are challenging its leading retailers to restrict toxic chemicals in the products they sell. "Chemical companies have blocked basic consumer protections on chemicals through lobbying, campaign contributions, and all the things that people hate about Washington," said Andy Igrejas Director of the coalition Safer Chemicals, Healthy...

Actress Jennifer Beals presses feds to clean up toxic chemicals in products
April 17, 2013
High resolution photos available Washington, DC – Jennifer Beals, the star of “The L-Word,” and “Flashdance,” and one of People magazine's most beautiful people of 2011 met this week with leaders on Capitol Hill to press for legislation that would make chemicals used in common household items like cleaners and children’s products safer. Many toxic chemicals found in household products have been linked to cancer, early puberty, infertility and hormone-disruption. Legislation was just introduced by 29 Senators to reform decades-out-of-date toxics laws. "We look to our government to provide our basic rights of clean air and water and yet right...

Major retailers pressed to dump toxic chemicals in consumer products
April 11, 2013
For Immediate Release: April 11, 2013 Retailers have market power to protect customers say health leaders - B-Roll and Product Images Available - Washington, DC - A coalition of health and environmental organizations from around the nation launched a campaign today to enlist nation’s top 10 retailers in removing toxic chemicals from consumer products. Called Mind the Store the campaign asks retailers to identify whether a specific list of hazardous chemicals are in the products they sell, and if so, to develop a plan to remove them. The chemicals, called The Hazardous 100+, have been linked to cancer, asthma, hormone...

Toxics Reform Bill Debuts in Senate
April 10, 2013
Much-Needed Legislation Would Protect Americans from Unsafe Chemicals Washington, DC – Led by Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), 29 senators today introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013. The legislation would provide long overdue fixes to the nation’s broken chemical policies and limit the use of unsafe chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses. Andy Igrejas, executive director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a coalition of 450 health, environment, business and labor groups said: "Americans across the political spectrum have woken up to the fact that unregulated toxic chemicals get into their homes and their bodies. It...

EPA Lauded for Weighing in on Toxic Flame Retardants
March 27, 2013
Broader Reforms Needed to Make People Safe March 27, 2013 (Washington, DC) — Today the U.S. EPA announced that it would assess twenty chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The vast majority of the chemicals are flame retardants that have been linked to developmental disabilities are used widely in sofas and other furnishings. Andy Igrejas, executive director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families said: "We applaud today's EPA announcement. Flame retardants have become exhibit A for our nation's failed chemical policy. Many have have turned out to be very toxic, and yet they have found their way into our homes...

Obama to Nominate Gina McCarthy to Head EPA
March 4, 2013
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Lauds President's Choice March 4, 2013 (Washington, DC) — Today, President Obama is expected to nominate Gina McCarthy to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). McCarthy will succeed Lisa Jackson, who headed EPA during Obama’s first term. EPA oversees numerous programs regulating toxic chemical products, and has acknowledged the need for long overdue legislative reforms that would give it the ability to protect Americans from hidden dangers in consumer products. Andy Igrejas, director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families released this statement in response to the reports: "The president has chosen a strong...

Federal Report Says Breast Cancer Prevention Fails to Account for Chemicals
February 12, 2013
Today the federal Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee (IBCERCC) released its report: Breast Cancer and the Environment- Prioritizing Prevention. The report echoes the President’s Cancer Panel of 2011 in finding that federal efforts are overly-focused on finding a cure and focus too little on prevention, including intelligent regulation of substances known to cause cancer. Andy Igrejas, director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families released this statement in response to the report: “The vast majority of chemicals have not been evaluated for their cancer-causing impacts and new ones come on the market every day without any health information. That...

Health Group Seeks Dow Chemical’s Help in Toxic Flame Retardant Fight
December 6, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 : [email protected] Health Group Seeks Dow Chemical’s Help in Toxic Flame Retardant Fight Group Urges CEO to ‘Cut off Supply Chain for Chlorinated Tris in Toxic Couches’ WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter sent today to Andrew N. Liveris, the President, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company, the national Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition sought to enlist an unusual ally in the fight against toxic flame retardants in American homes and bodies. The health-based group asked Mr. Liveris to publicly agree to stop selling raw materials into the supply chain...

New Study Finds 85% of American Sofas Tested Contain Toxic Chemicals
November 28, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: CJ Frogozo: 310 570 2622 : [email protected] New Study Finds 85% of American Sofas Tested Contain Carcinogens Increasing Pressure on Congress to Pass the Safe Chemicals Act **Read the Full Study: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es303471d** Washington, DC – A new peer-reviewed study released today tested over 100 couch samples from across the U.S. and found that 85% contained toxic or untested flame retardant chemicals. This includes 41% of the couches testing positive for the cancer-causing chlorinated Tris, which was banned from children’s pajamas decades ago. The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology, emphasizes the failures of inadequate federal...

Common Cause Sheds Light on the Chemical Industry's Political Machine
October 23, 2012
PRESS STATEMENT: Press contact: Brett Abrams, FitzGibbon Media, 516-841-1105, [email protected] A new report by Common Cause sheds light on the chemical industry's political machine. In response Andy Igrejas, Campaign Director at Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Stated: "Today's report by Common Cause, Toxic Spending, is a powerful reminder of what we're up against in our pursuit of common sense limits on toxic chemicals. Companies like Dow, Dupont, and ExxonMobil have constructed an elaborate political machine to shield their products from independent scrutiny, whether it's by the public or government scientists. They are to blame for the lack of an effective chemical...

Safe Chemicals Act Passes Committee, First Vote in 36 Years
July 25, 2012
PRESS STATEMENT: Press contact: Brett Abrams, FitzGibbon Media, 516-841-1105, [email protected] For the first time in thirty-six years, Congress voted to update our out of date chemical safety laws. In the wake of growing frustration among parents, cancer survivors and health professionals, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted on Senator Frank Lautenberg's Safe Chemicals Act (S.847). Andy Igrejas, Campaign Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families stated: “Today's vote is a victory for American families dealing with many health problems, like childhood cancer, linked to unregulated chemicals. We have a long way to go, but this is the first official...

Recent Science Strengthens Case that Chemicals Impact Chronic Diseases in America
July 23, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Historic Vote on Chemical Reform Set for Wednesday Press contact: Brett Abrams, FitzGibbon Media, 516-841-1105, [email protected] Washington D.C.- Three leading physicians today said the scientific evidence that unregulated chemicals contribute to chronic diseases in America has grown substantially in recent years. The evidence is summarized in a new report called Chemicals and Our Health, which was released by Safer Chemicals, Health Families, as the Senate Environment Committee gears up for an historic vote on chemical reform on Wednesday. The report highlights significant peer-reviewed research on the role chemicals play in the rising incidence of certain types of...

National Poll Shows Bipartisan Support For Stronger Protections From Toxic Chemicals
July 19, 2012
Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada Polls Mirror Nationwide Results FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press contact: Brett Abrams, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, 516-841-1105, [email protected] Suzanne Struglinski, NRDC, 202-289-2387, [email protected] WASHINGTON (July 19, 2012) – A nationwide poll and four separate, statewide polls found similar strong support for bolstering protections against toxic chemicals. By overwhelming bipartisan margins, Americans support strengthening the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), according to new polls released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition, and the Ecology Center. “Americans of all stripes have real concerns about the toxic chemicals we are...

Toxic Chemical Industry Scandal Boils Over
July 16, 2012
Deception, Unethical Lobbying Cited on Flame Retardant Chemicals Contact: Brett Abrams, [email protected], 516-841-1105 Washington, D.C. - On the eve of a U.S. Senate oversight hearing, professional firefighters and state legislators each decried the chemical manufacturers who deceived state legislatures about the dangers and efficacy of flame retardant chemicals. In a July 16th letter to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, 46 state legislators from 13 states called for a Congressional investigation of the fire retardant scandal recently reported in a four-part front-page series by the Chicago Tribune called “Playing with Fire.” In a July 13th letter, presidents and...

State Legislators Speak Out on Chemical Industry Tactics
June 4, 2012
Lawmakers Call on the American Chemistry Council to Take Action Contacts: CJ Frogozo, [email protected], 310 570 2622 Brett Abrams, [email protected], 516 841 1105 Washington D.C. – Twenty-one state lawmakers from ten states denounced the tactics of the U.S. chemical industry and sent a letter to the head of the chemical industry trade group, asking for them to take action against unethical members. The legislators make up a group of public health champions, all of which have taken steps to regulate toxic chemicals in their respective state legislatures. Having seen the dirty and deceptive practices of this industry first hand, the...

National Stroller Brigade Today at U.S. Capitol
May 22, 2012
“National Stroller Brigade” Descends on Capitol Moms, Cancer Survivors, Highlight Science Showing Early Origins of Disease from Toxic Chemicals Chemical Soaked Baby Products Become Potent New Symbol in Wake of Chicago Tribune Investigation May 22nd, 2012 – Washington D.C. Today several hundred moms, nurses and cancer survivors gathered at the U.S. Capitol to demand action on toxic chemicals. The group rallied in support of Senator Frank Lautenberg’s (D-NJ) Safe Chemicals Act, a bill to overhaul antiquated laws governing toxic chemicals. “If there is one overwhelming message from years of science, it’s that exposure to toxic chemicals early in our lives...

Chemical Industry Challenged to Repudiate Unethical Members
May 17, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2012 Contacts: CJ Frogozo, [email protected], 310 570 2622 Brett Abrams, [email protected], 516 841 1105 American Chemistry Council Challenged to Repudiate Unethical Members; Letter to Cal Dooley Asks for Expulsion of Companies Implicated in Chicago Tribune Investigation “Responsible Care” Code Is Supposedly Mandatory for ACC Members Washington, DC – Today Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families called on ACC President Cal Dooley to expel three flame retardant manufacturers whose deeply unethical practices were the subject of a four-part Chicago Tribune investigative series, Playing With Fire. The series documented practices reminiscent of the tobacco industry that three companies, Albemarle,...

Chemical Industry Lies Like Tobacco
May 10, 2012
The Charade is Over: Tribune Series Reveals Chemical Industry Lies Like Tobacco Congress, White House Must Enact Reforms to Protect Public Health This week’s Chicago Tribune investigative series on flame retardant chemicals revealed deeply disturbing practices at the heart of the chemical industry. The series chronicles flat-out lies by chemical industry witnesses before state legislatures and deliberate misrepresentation of science, all in service of a successful campaign to avoid government and public oversight. Today’s story focuses on the ongoing policy failures that allow these deceptive practices to continue unchecked, especially the Toxic Substances Control Act. It also chronicles how the...

House Small Business and Science Committee Examines “Report on Carcinogens”
April 25, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 25 2012 CONTACT: Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 : [email protected] **STATEMENT BY ANDY IGREJAS, DIRECTOR OF SAFER CHEMICALS, HEALTHY FAMILIES COALITION ON TODAY'S HOUSE HEARING ON "REPORT ON CARCINOGENS" ** House Small Business and Science Committee Examines “Report on Carcinogens” and its Impact on Small Businesses Highlights the Importance of Independent Government Science and Condemns Industry Lobbying and Manipulation Washington, DC - This morning, April 25th, a joint hearing of the House Small Business and Science Committees examined the Report on Carcinogens (ROC) and it's alleged impact on small businesses. The ROC is a statutorily mandated...

Chemical Industry Launches Unusual 2.7 Million Dollar Ad Campaign
April 10, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, 10 April 2012 CONTACT:Brett Abrams : (516)-841-1105 : [email protected] Chemical Industry Launches Unusual 2.7 Million Dollar Ad Campaign: Triggering Local Backlash Industry Spends 50 Million in Lobbying Elected Officials for 2011 WASHINGTON, DC - The American Chemical Council (ACC), the largest trade group for chemical manufacturers such as Dow and Exxon Mobil, has launched an unusual new ad campaign in support of key members of Congress, prompting concern that the ads are a reward for blocking new consumer safeguards pending in Congress. “In recent months, ACC has pulled out all the stops to prevent the federal...

CDC Announcement on Autism Underscores Urgency of the Safe Chemicals Act
March 29, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2012 CONTACTS: CJ Frogozo : 310-570-2622 : [email protected] Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 : [email protected] **Statement from Andy Igrejas, Director of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families ** CDC Announcement on Autism Underscores Urgency of the Safe Chemicals Act Washington, DC – Today, the Centers for Disease Control updated its estimate of autism incidence in this country to an eye-popping 1 in 88 (from 1 in 110). While the exact causes of autism remain unknown there is substantial evidence implicating environmental contaminants including chemicals. This evidence was best summarized by Dr. Phil Landrigan, Chair of the Department of...

Report Released: Poison in Paint, Toxics in Toys
December 13, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Contacts: Blair FitzGibbon: 202.503-6141; CJ Frogozo:310.570.2622; Amanda Sears: 207.699.5797 Poison in Paint, Toxics in Toys Shoppers Warned that Hormone-Havoc Chemicals Lurk in Products State Law Triggers Chemical Reporting, While Congress Lags Behind Portland, Maine – A report released today identifies for the first time more than 650 brand name products that contain two hormone-disrupting toxic chemicals. Based on new industry data, the report names plastic toys, such as PLAYMOBIL play figures and Chicco baby rattles, which contain BPA (or bisphenol A), the same toxic chemical already banned in plastic baby bottles and sippy...

Safe Chemicals Act Hearing Builds Momentum for Reform
November 17, 2011
For Immediate Release November 17, 2011 Safe Chemicals Act Hearing Builds Momentum for Reform Washington, DC - Today's Senate hearing on the Safe Chemicals Act was a milestone in the reform effort. Infertility, cancer, and learning disabilities are just some of the health problems linked to toxic chemicals that touch millions of American families. Senators should know that all those families are rooting for their success when they take this issue on. Senator Lautenberg and Senator Inhofe deserve enormous credit for the dialogue they have undertaken on reform over the last several months and the rare bipartisan atmosphere it has...

EPA Proposal to Expand List of Chemicals of Concern Applauded
August 22, 2011
EPA Proposal to Expand List of Chemicals of Concern Applauded Shows Need for Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act The national Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition praised the proposal made on August 18th by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to apply science-based criteria to expand its list of chemicals of concern that require action to protect public health and the environment. The coalition lauded EPA’s inclusion of criteria to target chemicals that are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBTs) or which cause persistent exposure due to widespread use in consumer products. Once finalized, EPA will use the criteria proposed...

Concerned Moms, Nurses Launch “Stroller Brigades” to Protect Children Against Toxic Chemicals
August 10, 2011
For Immediate Release August 10, 2011 Concerned Moms, Nurses Launch “Stroller Brigades” to Protect Children Against Toxic Chemicals Jessica Alba Joins Effort, Calls on Presidential Candidates to Endorse Reform New Poll Shows Bi-Partisan Support in Key States Washington, DC – On Wednesday, concerned moms in 17 states are hosting “stroller brigades” to demand that Congress fix the nation’s broken system for protecting the public from toxic chemicals. The moms are supported by the American Nurses Association and other health organizations in a “National Day of Action” and by Actress Jessica Alba, herself a mother expecting her second child this month....

National Medical Association Joins the Campaign
August 10, 2011
Eight new national health and health professional organizations have joined an increasingly urgent nationwide call for new policies to reduce the use of toxic chemicals linked to serious diseases and disabilities. The organizations joined Safer Chemicals Healthy Families (SCHF), a coalition of nearly 300 health and environmental organizations, businesses and parent groups, advocating for reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act to require testing of chemicals for safety and health effects before they are used in products. The newest members of the SCHF campaign are: The National Medical Association, the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association,...

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families thanks Kathleen Sebelius
July 1, 2011
A study from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) called the Report on Carcinogens, confirmed for the first time that the U.S. government considers formaldehyde a known human carcinogen and styrene as a reasonably anticipated human carcinogen. The report gives a science-based analysis on substances in our environment that could put Americans at risk for cancer. Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families thanked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Administration for releasing the study about the risk that toxic chemicals pose for our health. You can check out the letter here: June 23, 2011 Dear Madam Secretary: On behalf of...

This Father’s Day: 10 Things Men Can Do to Protect their Reproductive Health
June 15, 2011
Listen up, men! Believe it or not, every day you are exposed to a host of harmful or untested chemicals. These chemicals can be found in everyday items, from your vinyl shower curtain to your smartphone and wrinkle-free dress shirt. You’ve probably heard about women, especially pregnant women, taking steps to reduce exposure to these kinds of chemicals to protect their own health and the health of their children. But men and boys are also at risk—particularly for conditions related to sexual and reproductive health and fertility. Mounting scientific evidence demonstrates that exposure to chemicals in every day products can...

Autism & Toxic Chemical Exposure: What is the Relationship?
June 2, 2011
Listen to the June 7, 2011 teleconference: Autism and Toxic Chemical Exposure: What is the Relationship? Press Teleconference with Scientists, Parents and Chemical Policy Experts — Tuesday, June 7 — 1:30pm EST (10:30am PST) Almost 1% of 8-year-old children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, a 10-fold increase over just a 15-year period. About 30% of this dramatic rise in autism cannot be explained by changes in the age of diagnosis and the inclusion of milder cases. Meanwhile, evidence has been accumulating that lead, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), arsenic, toluene and other chemicals have a profound effect on the developing...

Jessica Alba and America’s moms call on Congress to pass Safe Chemicals Act
May 24, 2011
May 24, 2011 Washington, DC – Actress and activist Jessica Alba, a spokesperson for the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition, joined leading public health experts on Capitol Hill today to ask key Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847), recently introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). Alba’s partnership with the coalition comes at a critical time when American consumers, specifically moms, are demanding government leadership on increasing protections from toxic chemicals. Due to out-of-date federal law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, consumers are often left in the dark on whether or not chemicals used...

Tens of Thousands Call on President Obama to Protect Americans from Cancer-Causing Chemicals
May 18, 2011
American Nurses Association, Breast Cancer Fund, League of Conservation Voters, Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network and Other Groups to Deliver Petition to White House with Over 70,000 Signatures Last May the Presidential Cancer Panel presented President Obama with a report detailing the science and policies around chemicals and cancer. They concluded that the contribution chemicals make to cancer risk has been greatly understated and urged the President to “most strongly use the power of your office” to eliminate human exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. One year later, little has changed. Of over 80,000 chemicals on the market today, only a few hundred...

New Study Finds Hazardous Flame Retardants in Products Made for Infants and Children
May 17, 2011
Pending “Safe Chemicals Act of 2011” Would Ensure Chemicals Are Safe Before Being Used in Products (Washington, DC) -- A study of products designed for newborns, babies, and toddlers – including car seats, breast feeding pillows, changing pads, crib wedges, bassinet mattresses and other items made with polyurethane foam – were found to contain multiple toxic chemical flame retardants, according to a peer-reviewed study published in Environmental Science & Technology Journal. Flame retardants are considered some of the most dangerous chemicals on the market, because they are persistent in the environment and bio-accumulate in people and wildlife. Adverse impacts of...

Chemical Workers Contradict Industry on Job Impacts of Safe Chemicals Act
May 12, 2011
New Economic Analysis Shows Federal Chemical Policy Reform Would Promote Innovation and Jobs (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a coalition of nearly 300 environmental health groups, is urging Congress to take a close look at a new study released today which demonstrates that federal chemical policy reform can support job creation while protecting public health and the environment. The study produced by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) and commissioned by the BlueGreen Alliance, counters the chemical industry’s primary argument against updating the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Alliance includes both the United Steelworkers and the...

American Academy Of Pediatrics Joins Debate over Chemicals; Doctors Group Contradicts Chemical Industry on Provisions of Reform
April 25, 2011
Statement from Andy Igrejas, Director of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition: “We can now add the well-researched and trusted voice of the nation’s pediatricians to those calling for reform of the U.S. chemical law. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that a new law must prioritize children’s health by protecting children and their families from dangerous chemicals. With this recommendation, AAP has joined the nation’s leading health organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, and the American Nurses Association, in calling for an overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which is widely...

"Safe Chemicals Act of 2011" Introduced Today Legislation Would Protect American Families from Toxic Chemicals
April 14, 2011
April 14, 2011 Coalition News Conference on the Safe Chemicals Act (Washington, DC) -- Signaling their clear intention to protect families from toxic chemicals linked to serious health problems, Senators Frank Lautenberg, Barbara Boxer, Amy Klobuchar, Charles Schumer and others today introduced the "Safe Chemicals Act" to upgrade America's outdated system for managing chemical safety. (Click here to watch video of Sen. Lautenberg talking about the bill.) The Act responds to increasingly forceful warnings from scientific and medical experts -- including the President's Cancer Panel -- that current policies have failed to curtail common chemicals linked to diseases such as...

New Study on BPA in Food Packaging Draws Urgent Attention to Need for Safer Chemicals Policy
March 30, 2011
Toxic Chemicals BPA and DEHP in Canned Foods and Plastic Wrappings Not Currently Regulated Under Federal Law To see more about this study, visit Breast Cancer Fund. A peer-reviewed study released today by the Breast Cancer Fund and Silent Spring Institute, and published in today’s Environmental Health Perspectives, found that food packaging is a major source of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, both endocrine-disrupting chemicals with known links to cancer, infertility, early puberty and other serious health problems. In this unprecedented human study, researchers discovered an average drop of 60 percent in BPA levels when study participants ate...

Congress Gears Up Debate Over 35 Year-Old Chemical Law – Broad Coalition Urges Public Health Approach
February 1, 2011
Congressional Hearing on Toxic Substances Control Act Thursday, Feb. 3, 10 AM This Thursday, Feb. 3 Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) will reopen the debate over updating the 35 year-old law that governs federal chemicals policy by holding a hearing with key public health and industry experts. Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families – a coalition of nearly 300 environmental health groups – are urging that overhaul of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act includes: 1) Taking action to restrict those chemicals already known to be dangerous, including persistent and bio-accumulative chemicals; 2) Requiring health and safety information for all chemicals in order...

Toxic Chemicals and the Rise of Childhood Cancer: What is the Relationship?
January 19, 2011
Listen to the January 26, 2011 Toxic Chemicals and the Rise of Childhood Cancer: What's the Relationship? teleconference Press Teleconference with Leading Experts Wed, January 26, 1:00pm EST (10:00am PST) Since 1975 cancer in American children has increased, especially childhood leukemia and brain cancer. Meanwhile, 80,000 chemicals have been produced in the U.S. to create commonly-used products, which include known carcinogens such as asbestos, formaldehyde, lead, cadmium, trichloroethylene, and vinyl chloride, with virtually no government oversight. The use of toxic chemicals has risen dramatically in the last 50 years to a point that they are now ubiquitous in human bodies...

30 States Nationwide to Announce Upcoming Bills to Protect Kids and Families from Toxic Chemicals on Wed. Jan 19
January 18, 2011
States Attempt to Minimize Public Health Impact Of Dangerous Chemicals As Congress Lags Behind In response to continued public concern over the presence of dangerous chemicals in common household products, coupled with Congressional inaction on the matter, on Wednesday, January 19, legislators and advocates in thirty states across the country and the District of Columbia will announce legislation aimed at protecting children and families from harmful chemicals. Despite well-funded opposition from the chemical industry, 18 state legislatures have already passed 71 chemical safety laws in the last eight years by an overwhelming, bipartisan margin – with more to come this...

New UCSF Study Identifies Toxic Chemicals in Pregnant Women
January 14, 2011
Need for Reform of Outdated Toxic Substances Control Act More Urgent than Ever Before A new study by researchers at UCSF and published in today's Environmental Health Perspectives found that virtually all U.S. pregnant women carry multiple chemicals, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products. Exposure to chemicals during fetal development has been shown to increase the risk of adverse health consequences, including preterm birth and birth defects, childhood morbidity, and adult disease and mortality, according to the research team. Meanwhile, the outdated federal law...

New Study Finds Hormone-Disrupting Chemical BPA on 95% of Dollar Bills Tested - Receipts Probable Source
December 7, 2010
Chemical Easily Transfers To Skin From Receipts, Study Says ATTN TV Reporters: B-Roll Available Upon Request A new study was released today giving new meaning to the phrase "toxic assets." "On the Money: BPA on Dollar Bills and Receipts", researched by the nonprofit groups Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the Washington Toxics Coalition, set out to investigate the extent to which thermal receipt paper containing bisphenol A (BPA) has permeated the market, and whether this hormone-disrupting chemical is escaping onto the money that lies close to these receipts in people’s wallets. Researchers found that half of the thermal paper receipts...

New Study Finds BPA on Dollar Bills
November 30, 2010
Toxic Chemical Rubs Off Receipts and Gets Absorbed by Skin, Report Finds ATTENTION REPORTERS: The “On the Money” report and B-Roll is available on an embargoed basis. Please call Shayna Samuels at 718-541-4785. On Wednesday, December 8, a new study will be released by the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition and the Washington Toxics Coalition giving new meaning to the phrase “toxic currency”. The groups researched BPA – a hormone disrupting chemical linked to serious health problems such as cancer, infertility, and early puberty –in connection with something we touch every day: money and cash register receipts. “On The Money:...

Report Finds Toxic Toys Still Widely Sold at Toys R Us as 2010 Holiday Season Begins
November 18, 2010
National Commission of Inquiry Supports Recommendations in Toxic Toys R Us Report, Health, Environmental, Consumer& Labor Groups Demand Action by Toymakers, Retailers & Congress (WASHINGTON) – On Thursday, Nov. 18, health, environmental, consumer and labor groups released the findings of the 2010 Toxic Toys R Us Report to the National Commission of Inquiry into Toxic Toys, chaired by Peter Orris, MD. The report, available at www.toxictoysrus.com, was commissioned by the Center for Health, Environment & Justice and Teamsters Office of Consumer Affairs as part of a long-term effort by health, environmental, consumer and labor activists to hold Toys R Us...

States Lead on Toxic Chemical Reform While Congress Lags Behind, New Report Says
November 17, 2010
Republican Support for Safer Chemicals Policy Nearly Equals Democrats A first-ever analysis of votes on state laws aimed at protecting the public from toxic chemicals found that 18 states have passed 71 chemical safety laws in the last eight years by an overwhelming margin with broad bipartisan support. According to the report released today, of more than 9,000 votes cast by state legislators, 73% of Republicans and 99% of Democrats favored stronger protection of children's health and the environment from dangerous chemicals, with equal support from governors of each party. The report found that the pace of state policymaking on...

States Across the Nation Are Passing Sweeping Chemical Safety Laws, While Congress Lags Behind
November 8, 2010
New Report Documents 71 Recently-Passed Laws With Overwhelming Bipartisan Support — With More to Come in 2011 The 71 state chemical safety laws that have passed around the country in the last eight years will be documented in a new report: Healthy States: Protecting Families from Toxic Chemicals While Congress Lags Behind. These new laws have impacted products from baby bottles and toys, to water bottles and cosmetics, and put chemical manufacturers in the position of defending their industry. The report, by the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition and SAFER States, will be released on the organizations’ websites on Wednesday,...

Toxic Chemicals & Reproductive Health: What is the Relationship?
November 8, 2010
Press Teleconference with Leading Experts Thurs, November 18, 1:00pm EST (10:00am PST) Infertility. Early puberty. Decreased sperm counts. Breast & prostate cancers. These are just a few of the reproductive health problems that are increasing in the United States today. More and more evidence implicates that some of these increases are linked to our constant exposure to toxic chemicals, from the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the everyday products we bring into our homes. But what exactly is the connection? Find out from scientists on the cutting edge of research on how chemicals such as phthalates,...

145 Scientists from 22 Countries Say Flame Retardants Pose Serious Health Risks and Limited Fire Safety
October 28, 2010
Experts from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Available to Comment on Policy Implications One hundred and forty five prominent scientists from 22 countries signed the first-ever consensus statement documenting health hazards from flame retardant chemicals found in home furniture, electronics, insulation, mattresses and other products. The "San Antonio Statement on Brominated and Chlorinated Flame Retardants" documents how these chemicals are likely to cause serious health harm, with limited fire safety benefit. The article is posted online today by Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP). (Full article at: http://www.ehponline.org/article/info:doi/10.1289/ehp.1003089.) "This is the latest example of the enormous gap between what scientists and health experts...

Lautenberg hearing with CNN's Sanjay Gupta highlights chemical threats to children
October 26, 2010
Polls Show Chemical Policy Reform Has Broad Bipartisan Support (Newark, NJ – Oct. 26) – Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) – who championed a bill to overhaul our outdated federal chemicals policy -- today chaired a hearing in his home state on toxic chemicals and children’s health. Witnesses at the hearing included: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson; CNN’s Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta; New Jersey mother Lisa Huguenin who has a child with autism and an immune system disorder; and Frederica Perera, the Director of Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health. Last April Senator Lautenberg introduced the Safe Chemicals Act as an attempt...

New Polling Data Indicates Overwhelming Public Support for Chemicals Regulation
September 14, 2010
New public opinion research conducted by the Mellman Group in key electoral “swing” districts finds overwhelming public support for reforming our out-of-date system for managing chemicals. Respondents from across the political and demographic spectrum express serious concerns about everyday exposure to toxic chemicals and want to see stronger federal regulation. The findings indicate that, regardless of political affiliation, voters are much more likely to support a candidate for public office who promotes better health and safety standards for chemicals. Those polled ranked toxic chemicals high among issues that voters think is important for Congress to focus on – higher than...

Environmental Council on States Today Passed Resolution Calling for Sweeping Federal Chemical Policy Reform
August 31, 2010
The following statement can be attributed to Andy Igrejas, Campaign Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families: “The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) today passed a resolution calling for sweeping reform of federal chemical policy. (Download full resolution) "The states are way ahead of the federal government in regulating toxic chemicals. Congress would do well to listen to the practical advice of state environmental officials. “Many state environmental directors now have extensive experience in identifying and managing the worst chemicals. So it makes sense to move beyond the usual debate about whether the states or the federal government should regulate....

Recent Findings on Early Puberty in Girls Highlight Urgent Need for New Chemicals Policy
August 10, 2010
Findings Support Previous Studies Linking Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Early Puberty Environmental Health Advocates Urge Congress to Pass Pending Bills to Overhaul Toxic Substances Control Act A new study released yesterday in the journal Pediatrics found that girls are developing breasts earlier than ever, elevating their risk of breast cancer and other health problems. Exposure to chemicals that disrupt hormones, such as Bisphenol A (BPA), some preservatives, surfactants, and plastic additives may be among the contributing factors. “Young girls are exposed to dozens of potentially toxic chemicals on a daily basis,” said Ted Schettler, M.D., M.P.H., Science Director for the Science...

House Panel Tackles Chemical Legislation
July 29, 2010
Support for Reform from Scientists, Businesses, and Community Leaders (Washington, DC) – A House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee today held the first hearing on legislation to overhaul the 34-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act. The new legislation, The Toxic Chemicals Safety Act (HR-5820 Waxman/Rush), received strong support not only from environmental and public health advocates, but from a Pennsylvania manufacturer of construction products. The hearing comes after months of intensive work by the Committee with representatives of businesses, public health advocates, scientists, and community leaders. "There has never been more momentum to reform our federal chemical policy," said Andy Igrejas, Director...

Chemical Reform Battle Heats Up: Ads Today Highlight "Experiment" on American Families
July 28, 2010
Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on Thursday, July 29, Followed by Rally on the Mall (Washington, DC) -- A coalition of environmental health advocates are gearing up for a major overhaul of federal toxic chemical legislation, following last week's introduction of a bill to reform the 34-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The coalition is running ads in today’s Politico and Roll Call featuring a young family as unwilling subjects in a chemical experiment. In addition, tomorrow a hearing will be held in the House Energy & Commerce Committee about TSCA reform, followed by a rally on the mall highlighting the links...

Momentum Builds in Congress to Overhaul U.S. Chemicals Policy
July 22, 2010
New Bill Introduced Today Seeks to Reduce Toxic Chemical Exposure and Ensure Safety (Washington, DC) – Congressmen Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) today introduced a groundbreaking bill to overhaul U.S. chemicals policy in the House Energy & Commerce Committee. The "Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010" is intended to overhaul the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has failed to regulate chemicals in consumer products – even those that have known links to cancer, learning disabilities, asthma, reproductive disorders, and other serious health problems. "Today's legislation will reduce chronic disease in this country, a burden that scientists...

Chemical Reform Fight Goes Online; New Video Mocks PR/Lobbying Efforts by Industry
July 7, 2010
Public Health vs. Industry Debate Takes Center Stage in Pending Bill to Overhaul Toxic Substances Control Act Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families – a broad environmental and public health coalition - today released a new animated online video that exposes the chemical industry for undermining Congressional action on chemicals, even as they publicly declare their support for reform. “For the last year the chemical industry has expressed support for reform and taken bows for being forward thinking,” said Andy Igrejas, the director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. “Yet they have relentlessly attacked reform efforts in Congress. We hope to expose that...

Hundreds of Environmental & Public Health Groups Call on Congress to Address Dispersants in Overhaul of Toxic Substances Control Act
June 10, 2010
Lack of Information about Dispersants in Gulf Due to Failed Chemicals Policy, Experts Say Details on specific provisions being called for by the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition (PDF) Listen to the press teleconference A coalition of 250 environmental and public health organizations today called on Congress to include specific provisions to ensure the safety of oil spill dispersants — more than one million gallons of which have now been released into the Gulf of Mexico – in the pending bill to overhaul the 34-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Under current law, government cannot compel dispersant makers to disclose...

Statement from Andy Igrejas on Business-NGO Forum
June 3, 2010
National Campaign Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition on Forum about Safer Chemicals Policy Reform held on June 3, 2010 in Washington, DC We applaud the companies that use chemicals for deeply engaging in a day-long policy dialog about how to fix our broken federal chemical safety system. These "downstream" businesses stand to benefit greatly from new legislation to overhaul the federal Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Downstream companies are on the front lines of innovation in meeting consumer demand for safer products, cleaner materials and non-toxic chemicals. This forum represents a first step to recognize the...

EPA Senior Counsel Bob Sussman to Speak to Businesses, NGO's about Transitioning to Safer Chemicals
June 1, 2010
Pending "Safe Chemicals Act" Prompts Downstream Users to Discuss Implications at Washington, DC Forum Press Invited to Sussman Speech, Thurs, June 3, 9 am - 10:30 am EST Business leaders and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be gathering in Washington, D.C. June 3 - 4 to discuss how the proposed federal legislation to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 will affect companies who are downstream users of chemicals. The purpose of this forum is to: Hear the perspective of legislators, regulators and environmental public health advocates; Discuss the needs of downstream users, including the need for better data and...

New Study Finds Large Amounts of Dangerous Chemical BPA in Canned Foods
May 18, 2010
Urgent Need to Update Toxic Substances Control Act Greater Than Ever Before Earlier today a study was released by the National Work Group for Safe Markets showing that consumers are exposed to dangerous levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in canned foods. The study, No Silver Lining, tested 50 fish, fruits, vegetables, soups, sodas, and other cans, of which 90% had detectable levels of BPA. Exposure to low doses of BPA have been linked to illnesses that are on the rise in the US, including breast and prostate cancer, diabetes and heart disease, infertility, developmental and reproductive harm, and obesity. “BPA...

Faith and Environmental groups, parents ask for protections from toxic chemicals
May 7, 2010
Parents rally for safe consumer products as bill is introduced in Congress Houston- Parents and environmental groups rallied today outside Americas Plaza in Houston’s East Side asking for stronger protections from toxic chemicals in consumer products as a bill, called the Toxic Chemical Safety Act, starts its journey in Congress. Local groups, like Air Alliance Houston, Texas Campaign for the Environment and Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS), are a part of a national coalition of 200 environmental and public health groups called Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, working to reform outdated federal law. Parents met around a 25-foot inflatable rubber...

President's Panel Releases Groundbreaking Report Linking Toxic Chemicals to Cancer
May 6, 2010
Pending “Safe Chemicals Act” Needs More Public Health Protections to Reduce Carcinogens in Products, Communities After an exhaustive review, the President’s Cancer Panel (PCP) today released a report identifying chemicals in the environment as a significant contributor to cancer in the United States. Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF)--a coalition representing more than 11 million health care professionals, environmental health advocates and concerned parents around the country—applauded the report and called for action on cancer-causing chemicals. “It’s official: we can’t win the war on cancer until we get serious about chemicals,” said Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD, MPH, Natural Resources Defense Council,...

Landmark Chemical Legislation Introduced to Protect the Health of American Families
April 15, 2010
Coalition of 11 Million Supports Bill, But Seeks Improvements Before Enactment A broad coalition of more than 200 public health and environmental organizations announced their support for the “Safe Chemicals Act of 2010”, introduced today by Senator Lautenberg and Congressmen Waxman and Rush. The long-awaited, landmark legislation would overhaul the way the federal government protects the public from toxic chemicals. “The Safe Chemicals Act goes a long way toward bringing chemical policy into the 21st century,” said Andy Igrejas, Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, on a press teleconference held today. “We look forward to working with Congress to strengthen...

Long-Awaited Legislation to Reform Federal Toxic Chemicals Policy to be Introduced This Week
April 14, 2010
Press Teleconference with Nation’s Leading Experts Offering Immediate Analysis, Thurs, April 15, 12:30pm EST (9:30am pst) (Washington, DC) On Thursday, April 15, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) are expected to introduce long-awaited legislation to reform the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Experts from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families – a coalition of over 200 organizations and 11 million individuals – will be offering immediate analysis on the science, politics, and implications for the chemical industry and consumer products. Under the current law, the Environmental Protection Agency has required testing of only a few hundred of the...

Environmental Justice Groups Tell Congress: Protect Us from Toxic Chemicals
April 8, 2010
Communities of color most at risk for health effects linked to chemical exposure (Washington, DC) Letters went to the Senate and the House today demanding stronger protections for disproportionately impacted communities of color, Indigenous communities, as well as low-income communities in the upcoming reform of U.S. laws governing toxic chemicals – the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). "From asbestos in our schools to the toxic toys on the shelves of the 99 cents stores to the harmful chemicals in the fish we catch and eat the health of residents in communities of color and low income communities are...

Grupos para la Justicia Medioambiental le Dicen al Congreso: Protéjanos de los Productos Químicos Tóxicos
April 8, 2010
Las comunidades de color más a riesgo de los efectos a la salud relacionados a la exposición a los productos químicos (Washington, DC) Hoy se les enviaron cartas al Senado y a la Cámara de Representantes exigiendo protecciones más fuertes para las comunidades impactadas desproporcionadamente de color, las comunidades indígenas, así como las comunidades de bajos ingresos en la reforma que se acerca de las leyes EEUU que gobiernan los productos químicos tóxicos – la Ley del 1976 para el Control de las Sustancias Tóxicas (TSCA, por sus siglas en inglés). "Desde los asbestos en nuestras escuelas hasta los juguetes...

Public Health Groups Challenge Industry on Chemical Policy Reform
March 30, 2010
Fundamental Differences Emerge As Congress Prepares to Introduce New Legislation Protest Today Outside GlobalChem Conference in Baltimore As leading chemical manufacturers met today for their annual GlobalChem conference in Baltimore, a coalition of 200 environmental and public health groups called on them to deliver a substantive platform to reform our federal toxic chemicals policy. The coalition — Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF) — released a document outlining three fundamental differences between how the chemical industry vs. public health groups are defining reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act — a law whose modernization is imminent and long-overdue. Also today just...

Grupos para la Salud Pública Desafían a la Industria sobre la Reforma de la Política de los Productos Químicos
March 30, 2010
Diferencias Fundamentales Surgen A Medida que el Congreso se Prepara a Introducir Legislación Nueva Manifestación de Protesta Hoy Afuera de la Conferencia GlobalChem en Baltimore Cuando los fabricantes principales de los productos químicos se reunieron hoy para su conferencia anual GlobalChem en Baltimore, una coalición de 200 grupos medioambientales y para la salud pública les pidieron que emitieran una plataforma sustantiva para reformar nuestra política federal sobre los productos químicos tóxicos. La coalición – Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF, por sus siglas en inglés para Productos Químicos Más Seguros, Familias Sanas, en español) – hicieron públicas tres diferencias fundamentales entre...

Battle for Toxic Chemical Policy Reform Heats Up as House and Senate Prepare for Hearings
March 2, 2010
Long-Awaited Bill to Reform 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act Expected Later this Month The battle is heating up between the chemical industry and public health organizations over how the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) will be updated for the first time since its original adoption in 1976. Currently there are 80,000 chemicals used in everyday products, and only 200 of these are required to be tested for safety. Meanwhile autism, cancer, reproductive disorders, asthma and other health problems linked to chemicals are on the rise. In the next two weeks both the House and the Senate will hold hearings on...

Saying Children Should Not Be Used as Guinea Pigs for Testing Effects of Toxic Chemicals, Senator Frank Lautenberg Announces Plans to Introduce a Safer Chemicals Bill Soon
February 4, 2010
WASHINGTON – In a crowded Senate hearing room, the law governing toxic chemical production and use was explored and determined to be inadequate to protect families and children from health effects linked to toxic chemical exposure. Witnesses from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control, as well as a concerned mother who was tested for levels of toxic chemicals in her body during pregnancy, called for the nation’s toxic chemical law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to be reformed to provide greater protection to families and children. Audio of Hearing Listen to the Senate Hearing Feb...

New report demonstrates reductions in toxic chemical exposure would make Americans healthier, wealthier
January 20, 2010
Congressional reform of toxics law could save billions in health care costs WASHINGTON – According to a new analysis released today, "The Health Case for Reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act," the U.S. has the opportunity to prevent rising rates of chronic disease and reduce health care costs by overhauling federal chemical policy. Evidence is strong and growing that chemical exposures contribute significantly to the rise in many chronic diseases, according to this new report synthesizing peer-reviewed science. As the U.S. debates the costs of health care and its reform, "The Health Case" documents the enormous health care costs of...

Nuevo reporte demuestra que menor exposicion a quimicos toxicos haria a los Americanos mas saludables, ricos
January 20, 2010
Reforma del Congreso de ley de tóxicos podría ahorrar billones en costos del cuidado de la salud WASHINGTON – Hay fuerte evidencia que muestra que la exposición a químicos contribuye de manera significativa al aumento de muchas enfermedades crónicas, según un nuevo reporte publicado hoy que resumió una serie de investigaciones científicas. "Razones de Salud para Reformar la Ley del Control de Sustancias Tóxicas" encuentra que los americanos serían más saludables si se redujera la exposición a químicos tóxicos. Mientras se debate el costo del cuidado de la salud en los Estados Unidos y su reforma, el reporte ilustra vívidamente...

FDA changes position on BPA: Agency acknowledges new science, concerns over effect on infants and children's health
January 15, 2010
The FDA says has “some concern” after assessing new scientific data on the affects BPA may have on the development of infants and fetuses. The agency says it will support voluntary efforts to take the chemical out of infant formula cans and baby bottles and encourage research into alternatives. It also reiterated the need to expedite further research and announced support for a "more robust regulatory framework" for BPA.

Toxic Chemical DecaBDE: EPA Says Phase It Out, Environmental Health Advocates Applaud and Ask for More Protection
December 18, 2009
WASHINGTON - The toxic chemical decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), a brominated flame retardant that has been in the crosshairs of a coalition of states, scientists and public health professionals for nearly a decade, will be largely phased out of the United States marketplace, according to an announcement today from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA has obtained commitments from decaBDE's two U.S. manufacturers and largest U.S. importer to stop producing, using, and importing the chemical by 2013. The phaseout represents a victory for public health, wildlife protection and the environment.

US Senate to hear testimony from three federal agencies about need to reform nation’s chemical law
November 30, 2009
The U.S. Senate will hear testimony from key government agencies related to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the law that governs chemical use and safety at the federal level. The Environmental Protection Agency, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Government Accountability Office will testify in support of the need for Congress to strengthen TSCA so that the government has better authority to prevent unsafe chemicals from entering the marketplace, amid health and safety concerns by consumers, businesses and state governments.

Congressional Hearing to Focus on How to Protect the Public from Toxic Chemicals
November 16, 2009
After a steady string of disturbing headlines in just the past week about chemicals and health – erectile dysfunction linked to BPA, which is found in everyday products, phthalates and mercury present in pregnant women - a Tuesday Nov. 17 hearing in Congress will examine how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should begin the task of reviewing tens of thousands of chemicals in widespread use.

Poll Finds Americans Very Concerned About Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
November 12, 2009
WASHINGTON – A poll conducted in August, 2009 by the opinion research firm Lake Research Partners found that Americans are very concerned with the way chemicals are regulated for consumer use in the U.S. The findings come as new legislation—an overhaul of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act—is expected to be introduced soon in both Houses of the U.S. Congress.

EPA Administrator Jackson Indicates Obama Administration Will Support Overhaul of Nation’s Toxic Chemical Law
September 30, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO – In a signal that the EPA has entered a new era, Administrator Lisa Jackson said the time had come to strengthen EPA’s authority to regulate toxic chemicals, which are ubiquitous in the environment and human bodies.