The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT)
A broad coalition in Massachusetts working to prevent harm to our health and our environment from toxic chemicals. Our goal is to prevent exposure to the most vulnerable populations, such as children and workers, and those living in overburdened communities. We work to create laws and policies that result in the phase out of toxic chemicals in consumer products and other uses, and replace them with safer alternatives. We advocate for the creation of such policies at the municipal, state, federal and corporate levels. Please join the effort.
Mark your calendars - Join the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow and the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts at the Boston State House as we directly urge our state Representatives to ban toxic flame retardants from products in our homes!
When: June 28th10:30AM – 1:00PM
Where: State House: 24 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02133, Room 222
Why: The house has until this July 31st to pass S.2302 and H.4241 which will ban 11 toxic flame retardants from kid’s products and residential furniture! Our strategy is clear: light a (virtual) fire under the House of Representatives.
Flame retardants chemicals in our homes have been linked to cancer, learning and developmental disabilities in children and many more health issues. Thanks to your help, these bills that would protect us have passed the Senate. But we still have work to do; let’s use this lobby day to get the House to finish the job. Help protect our children and firefighters’ from toxic flame retardants and get face time with YOUR rep to tell them that you don’t want flame retardants in your home!
On May 24th the US House of Representatives passed a final bill to amending the nation's chemical safety laws and on June 7th the Senate followed suit. After years of debate and negotiations to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a bill is on its way to the President. He is expected to sign it into law.
Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow released the following statement:
The bill, though much improved from previous drafts, is problematic in many ways. Though many states have led the way on chemical safety, it ultimately blocks proactive action by state regulators to safeguard residents from toxic chemicals early in the Environmental Protection Agency's safety assessment process. Many states have built protective precedents which mobilize broad movement at the national level. Unfortunately, this bill leaves less room for states to continue to innovate. The bill also removes key tools for EPA to shield Americans from imported products containing hazardous chemical ingredients. Furthermore, it only requires EPA to initiate 10 Risk Evaluations this year and be working on 20 at a time as of the end of 2018; with over 60,000 chemicals in commerce that’s not a fast timeline.Read more...
Massachusetts Senate passes bill to protect children, families, firefighters from toxic flame retardants
Elizabeth Saunders, Clean Water Action
Melissa Hurley, Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
BOSTON, Mass.—The Massachusetts Senate voted favorably today to ban eleven toxic flame retardants from children’s products and upholstered furniture sold or manufactured in the commonwealth. The vote was hailed by firefighters, legislators and public heath advocates as a significant victory for public health and the environment who also called on the House to pass the bill swiftly.
"The value of flame retardants is certainly doubtful and given the extremely high cancer rates of firefighters the more toxic chemicals we can get out of our environment the less exposure we will have,” said Ed Kelly, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts. “This bill will ensure the health and safety not only of firefighters, but our children and all citizens of Massachusetts."Read more...
HADLEY, MA- A new report released today by the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow and several national organizations that tested nearly 200 food can linings for the toxic chemical, Bisphenol A (BPA) found that two out of three cans tested have the chemical in the lining. BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that negatively impacts our hormonal systems. Evidence suggests it may contribute to a host of harmful health effects including breast and prostate cancer, infertility, type-2 diabetes, obesity, asthma and attention deficit disorder. Other studies have demonstrated the capacity of BPA to migrate into food and then into people, raising concerns about exposures to low, but biologically relevant levels of BPA. Local results were startling: five out of six cans tested from the Walmart in Hadley were found to contain BPA.
For the first time ever, this report also identified the replacement materials for BPA in can linings, and to what extent - if any - their safety has been studied.
Buyer Beware: Toxic BPA & Regrettable Substitutes in the Linings of Canned Food (#BPA #ToxicFoodCans) was conceived and authored by the Breast Cancer Fund; Campaign for Healthier Solutions; Clean Production Action; Ecology Center; Environmental Defence (Canada); and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families’ Mind the Store campaign.Read more...
New bill protects public from exposure to toxic chemicals, reflecting growing demand nationwide for flame retardant-free furniture.
BOSTON, Mass. (Wednesday, March 23, 2016)—Boston City Councilors passed a bill today to amend the city’s Fire Prevention Code, allowing hospitals, schools, colleges, and other public buildings with sprinkler systems to use furniture free of toxic flame retardant chemicals.
“This bill protects people from needless exposure to harmful flame retardants, creating a safer and healthier environment for all those who live, work, serve, and learn in our great city,” says Josh Zakim, City Councilor representing district 8, who sponsored the bill. The bill also brings Boston in line with the Massachusetts Fire Code’s regulation for upholstered furniture, as well as other major cities across the country that have taken steps to reduce the use of these toxic chemicals.Read more...