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Propublica: “Why the U.S. is losing the fight to ban toxic chemicals”

This story was originally published by ProPublica by Nell Bedi, Sharon Lerner, and Kathleen McGrory When ProPublica published stories this fall cataloging new evidence that American chemical workers are being exposed to asbestos, readers reacted with surprise over the most simple fact: Asbestos, the killer mineral whose dangers have been known for over a century, is still legal? Asbestos is only one of many toxic substances that are linked to problems like cancers, genetic mutations and fetal harm and that…

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Report recommends blood testing, medical monitoring for people exposed to PFAS.

Barbara Moran, WBUR, “Report recommends blood testing, medical monitoring for people exposed to PFAS” A new report from the National Academies recommends blood tests and medical monitoring for people likely to have high exposure to the toxic chemicals known as PFAS. The report offers the first comprehensive summary detailing links between PFAS levels in the blood and specific health concerns. It concludes there is now “sufficient evidence” of association between PFAS exposure and kidney cancer in adults, decreased infant and fetal growth,…

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The Infuriating Case of Toxic Chemicals in Breast Milk

Sonya Lunder, Ms Magazine, Last week, pandemic-weary parents were hit with more heavy news: A scientific study reported toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals in milk from 50 Seattle area mothers. While none of the study participants lived in a known hotspot, each of the milk samples contained PFAS—which are known to impact the thyroid, immune system, reproductive system and are linked to several types of cancer.

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Senators Comerford and Moore ask AG Healey to take action on PFAS

The cost of cleaning up PFAS contamination is enormous.  Massachusetts Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton) and Senator Michael Moore (D-Uxbridge) have sent a letter to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, asking her to do what other state attorney generals have done: Take legal action to require the corporations that made billions polluting our state to take responsibility for PFAS contamination. Letter sent to the Attorney General urging action towards companies that have produced PFAS

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Toxic Hall of Shame

If you are sipping coffee at Starbucks, nibbling on McNuggets, or picking up a sweaters at Marshall’s, you are shopping at one of the retailers that earned an “F” in Mind the Store’s recently released 2019 Retailer Report Card. Fourteen brands earned this grade for their failure to make even the most basic commitments to removing toxic chemicals from their products and packaging.  This is the 4th year the Mind the Store has released its report card, which evaluates store…

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Minnesota firefighters don’t want toxic flame retardants

Minnesota firefighters don’t like toxic flame retardants any more than Massachusetts firefighters.   That’s why Minnesota firefighters are working with a Republican Senator Jeff Howe, a former fire-figther, to get toxic flame retardants out of children’s products. The arguments in Minnesota may sound familiar.  Firefighters say that flame retardants don’t slow the spread of fire.  They become more toxic when burned.  Read more here.  

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