(Boston, MA) During a hearing held by the Boston City Council’s Committee on Public Safety, health care leaders, firefighters, moms, scientists, students, advocates, and others called on the City of Boston to update its fire code to allow schools, hospitals, libraries, and other institutions to furnish their buildings with flame retardant-free furniture when automatic fire sprinklers are present.
(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.
(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.
Feb 19, 2013 - Naptime Nightmares? Flame Retardants in Day Care Nap Mats
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.
Jan 26, 2012 - 28 State Legislatures Tackling Toxic Chemicals
(Boston, MA) - In 2012, Massachusetts and 27 other state legislatures will consider bills that address concerns over toxic chemicals in consumer products, according to a new analysis by Safer States, a national coalition of state-based environmental organizations.
Massachusetts legislators are filing the Safer Alternatives Bill that would replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives in every day products, and introducing a resolution calling on Congress to overhaul the main federal chemical safety law, the Toxics Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA).
Dec 15, 2010 - DPH votes to ban BPA in baby bottles and cups...only
Jul 8, 2010 - Safer Alternatives Bill receives a "favorable report"
May 12, 2010 - Proposed BPA regulation doesn't offer enough protection
March 19, 2009 - Message in a Bottle: 8000 Demand Bisphenol-A (BPA) Ban
April 21, 2009 - Bad Grades Given to Food Companies
Aug 3,2009 - DPH Issues Bisphenol-A (BPA) Warning
Aug 4, 2009 - A good step towards protecting MA babies from BPA!
Jul 17, 2009 - CA Panel Decides BPA not Toxic
May 29, 2009 - Letters to the Editor in the Globe
Dec 3, 2008 - 1 in 3 Toys Tested Contain Significant Levels of Toxins
Jun 12, 2008 - "New Shower Curtain Smell"
Jan 29, 2008 - Legislation to Reign in Toxic Chemical Use Passes in Senate
Nov 5, 2007 - Legislation to Curb Toxic Chemicals Sent to the Senate