The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT)
A broad coalition in Massachusetts working to pass laws and policies that prevent harm to our health from toxic chemicals. Our top priorities are to create a groundbreaking program in Massachusetts to systematically replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives that are better for workers and the environment, and to compel the Massachusetts Department of Health to use its authority to protect the health of children and vulnerable adults from the toxic chemical bisphenol A. Please join the effort.
For Immediate Release: Thursday June 18, 2015
(Boston, MA) At a public hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security today, Massachusetts firefighters, citizens, scientists, health professionals, workers, and educators seeking preventive action on toxic hazards called for swift passage of a bill that would help to protect firefighters and children from toxic flame retardants. The legislation, H. 2119, The Children and Firefighters Protection Act would ban the use of hazardous flame retardants in children’s products and upholstered furniture.
“Fire fighters have cancer rates three times higher than the general public,” said Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (pictured testifying at right). “When we enter a home fire we breathe in gasses and toxins from flame retardants that put us at a higher risk. We're calling on the legislature for swift passage of this bill as it will no doubt save lives.
Toxic Hot Seat Film Screenings this April
Downtown and Cape Cod screenings
Toxic Hot Seat is a powerful new film on the toxic dangers in our homes. It is an HBO documentary that brings to light the deadly consequences of well-intentioned safety regulations. The film follows a courageous group of firefighters and mothers, journalists and scientists, politicians and activists as they fight to expose the chemical industry’s role in backing flammability standards that require toxic flame retardant use in our homes.
Join us for two showings this April!
April 9th - Suffolk University
April 21st - The Barnstable Senior CenterRead more...
Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow Calls On Other Major Retailers and Massachusetts to Follow Suit
Boston, MA – Several of the nation’s largest retailers confirmed late last week that they are phasing out furniture with toxic flame retardants chemicals, which have been linked to cancer and learning and developmental disabilities in children. However the pace of the phase-outs and disclosure of the contents of the furniture remains a muddle according to public health advocates in Massachusetts, and they are urging the nation’s biggest furniture retailers to provide better disclosure.Read more...
As we kick off the 2015-2016 legislative session in Massachusetts, we have some new opportunities to make real progress towards protecting our health from toxic chemicals. Here are 5 bills that will move that goal forward:
- An Act relating to disclosure of toxic chemicals in consumer products
- An Act to protect children and families from harmful flame retardants
- An Act to require environmentally safe alternatives to harmful cleaning products
- An Act requiring disclosure of solvents used in dry cleaning
- An Act for healthy families and businesses
Kids shouldn't have to miss out on Halloween fun in order to protect their health.
An alarming new study has found hidden dangerous toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes and party supplies. The study was released by the Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org project, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow and Clean Water Action. The nonprofit Ecology Center tested 106 types of Halloween gear—purchased at national retailers such as CVS, Kroger, Party City, Target, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens—for substances linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity and cancer. Advocates and parents in Massachusetts expressed outrage and dismay about the findings and called for legislators and retailers to act to ensure that consumer products are made safely.