UPDATE: H-4305 may be brought to a vote Thursday, July 26th. Representative Frank Smizik has filed an amendment to the bill that would give Massachusetts the tools it needs to improve the recycling rates of toxic mercury thermostats if manufacturers' programs do not accomplish that goal on their own. Clean Water Action supports this amendment. Download a factsheet about the amendment.
Mercury is a dangerous toxic chemical that can cause nervous system and brain damage. Mercury pollution from trash incinerators and power plants has made it so that many types of fish are unsafe for pregnant women and children to eat.
In 1998, the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers set a goal of “virtual elimination of the discharge of anthropogenic (human-caused) mercury into the environment.” Strides have been made in this direction, but there is more work to do to reach that goal.
"Any event that starts with juice boxes has to be a good event," said Senator Katherine Clark, the lead sponsor of the Safer Alternatives Bill, as she addressed the stroller brigaders on the Boston Common.
Clean Water Action, along with our partners from the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, and many Massachusetts moms and kids came together on June 28th for a Stroller Brigade to support safer chemicals. Kids wore superhero capes and decorated cards to give to Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Stephen Brewer and Senate President Therese Murray, asking them to "be our hero" and bring the Safer Alternatives Bill to the Senate floor for a vote.
The July 31st deadline for the end of the legislative session is rapidly approaching and the Safer Alternatives Bill is still sitting in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means. We need some heroes in the Massachusetts Senate to get this job done.
Please join Clean Water Action and the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow at noon on June 28th in Boston for a "Stroller Brigade" for Safe Chemicals to ask Massachusetts Senators to be our heroes and protect our health from toxic chemicals.
12:00 PM - Meet at Boston Common near corner of Beacon & Park Streets (map). Decorate letters for state senators, hand out superhero capes for kids, lunch provided.
12: 45 PM - Walk to Senate Chambers (go through security) & greet Senators as they enter formal session
1:30 PM - Visit Senators offices (we will help you set up meetings with your Senators)
With chants of "People have a right to know! Toxic chemicals have to go!" and
"Chems in kids, that's the worst, time to put the people first!" Approximately
200 moms, nurses, cancer survivors and other passionate citizens from across the
United States gathered in Washington DC on May 22nd for a Stroller Brigade for
Safe Chemicals organized by Safer
Chemicals Healthy Families.
Community activists gathered in Somerset on May 21 to deliver a failing report card to the town for its lack of action and transparency in reuse planning. At-left: a community generated reuse plan features mixed-use developments. Watch a video here, or continue on for a press release.
Spring is here, summer is just around the corner, and perhaps that means that your attention is turning to your vegetable garden, flower beds, or lawn; or that visions of children running through the sprinklers sqealing with glee are dancing in your head. As you drag those garden hoses, work gloves and tools out of the garage or basement, fresh air, moist soil and sunshine are probably on your mind, not toxic chemicals--especially if you keep a pesticide free yard.
Unfortunately, in this as in so many other corners of our homes, we might need to think twice about what toxic chemicals are lurking. Our friends at HealthyStuff.org have released a new study which found lead, cadmium, phthalates and hazardous flame retardants in gardening products, as part of their ongoing research of hazardous substances in common consumer items.