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2016

Mar 30, 2016 - Two Out of Three Food Cans Tested Have Toxic BPA in the Linings, New Report Says

(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.

Mar 23, 2016 - Boston changes fire code to allow flame-retardant free furniture 

(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.

2015

Nov 5, 2015 - Boston holds hearing on flame retardants in public spaces

(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.

Jun 19, 2015 - Fire fighters and advocates urge phase-out of toxic flame retardants

(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.

Jan 28, 2015 - Furniture Retailer Phase Out of Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals

(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.

2014

Oct 16, 2014 -  New Testing Reveals Hidden Dangerous Chemicals in Popular Halloween Costumes and Party Supplies

(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. 

Apr 16, 2014 - Massachusetts Parents Return Walgreens Products Tested for Toxic Chemicals

(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.

2013

Nov 20, 2013 -  Playing on Poison: Children’s Furniture Found with Harmful Flame Retardant 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.

Nov 6, 2013 -  ‘Chem Fatale’ Report Highlights Dangers in Feminine Care Products

“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.

Oct 29, 2013 -  New England Moms, Dads & Kids Travel to Washington to Take on the Chemical Industry

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.

2012

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.

2011

Jan 25, 2011 - Mass. and 29 other states announce chemical reform legislation

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). 

2010

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

 

2009

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

 

2008

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

 

2007

Nov 5, 2007 - Legislation to Curb Toxic Chemicals Sent to the Senate

Aug 2, 2007 - AHT Responds to Fisher-Price’s Recall of 1 Million Toxic Toys