What do recent natural gas explosions in Fitchburg, Springfield, Winthrop and Fall River have to do with the Department of Environmental Protection’s proposal to allow more trash burners in the Bay State? Gas leaks and garbage incinerators both raise public health and safety concerns. But there’s a subtler link between them. Both reflect serious inconsistencies on the part of the state:
New England likes to pride itself on innovation, on sparking new ideas and inventions.
Basketball? Invented in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The first American subway system hit the rails in Boston, 1898. First printed newspaper? Hartford Courant, published in 1764. First frisbee? Thrown on New Haven Green, 1920. The first circus launched in Newport, Rhode Island in 1774.
Clean Water Action’s New England team is promoting a suite of innovative measures to protect health, stimulate the green economy and advance environmental justice. Together with Clean Water Action members, community partners and allies, we’re making a big push to make progress throughout the region in 2013. This overview covers the latest from your state. Please join Clean Water Action and speak out in support of clean air, clean water and healthier communities.
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The flame retardant chemicals found in the nap mats, which are used in daycares nationwide, have been linked to cancer, genetic damage, impacts on fertility and reproductive health, allergies, hormone disruption, and other serious health problems. The nap mats were purchased at major retailers including Babies R Us, Target, and national online daycare supply companies. The findings were released today in the CEH report, Naptime Nightmares? Toxic Flame Retardants in Child Care Nap Mats.
Christina Michaud of Boston, mother of Marcus, age 4 and Samantha, 14 months. “How are parents supposed to do our primary job of keeping our children safe from harm?” she asked. “It’s horrible that companies think that it’s okay to put toxic chemicals in children’s products and that the government isn’t doing anything about it.”
Some elected officials intend to do something about it including Senator Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington) who, along with Representative Jay Kaufman (D-Lexington), has filed An Act for Healthy Families and Businesses in the Massachusetts Legislature. The bill would create a program to systematically replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives in consumer products wherever that’s feasible.