May 19, 2016 - MA S.2293 flame retardant bill passes the senate!
(Boston, MA) - 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.
(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.
(Boston, MA) - 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.
(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.
(Boston, MA) A study released today by the Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org project, the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow and Clean Water Action has found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and party supplies.
(Boston, MA) Concerned parents and health professionals descended on Walgreens stores throughout Massachusetts today saying the company has failed to take action to reduce the sale of products containing toxic chemicals.
Independent testing commissioned by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), with support of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, has found harmful flame retardant chemicals in children’s chairs, couches and other kids’ furniture purchased from major retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
“Chem Fatale,” a new report by Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) and co-released by the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, details how the feminine care industry sells products containing unregulated and potentially harmful chemicals, including preservatives, pesticides, fragrances and dyes.
Hundreds of women and men from 40 different states converged on Capitol Hill this morning as part of a national day of action in support of safer chemicals. Among them are 23 parents and allies representing all six New England states. They are calling on Congress to modernize the federal Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA).
Jul 11, 2013 - Mealtime just got a little safer for babies
Twelve states have banned BPA in baby bottles including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Washington and others. Connecticut was the first to implement a ban on toxic chemical in all food and beverage containers, including infant formula containers.
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