Oof. A new study finds kids living in homes with vinyl floors and/or flame-retardant treated furniture, have higher levels of certain harmful chemicals in their bodies than kids in homes without the products. For one chemical in vinyl floors - 15 times higher levels! That's why WA Legislature must pass the Pollution Prevention for Our Future Act: bit.ly/toxicsout... See MoreSee Less
Washington state keeps moving forward on #PFAS while the feds lag behind. “It’s the states that have been on the front lines of the contamination that really have been pro-active on this,” said Erika Schreder, science director of Toxic-Free Future, which has pushed for more agency regulation — and more laws — to address the health risk of PFAS chemicals in Washington. ... See MoreSee Less
Some studies link the chemicals called PFAS to an increased risk of cancer, higher cholesterol, suppressed immune systems and problems in fetal development. In Washington, the state Board of Health is...
US EPA claims they will have drinking water standards for two PFAS chemicals by end of year. Here's why that's likely wrong: "But the first stage of that rule-making process only determines whether a maximum contaminant level, or MCL, is needed. 'If it’s a yes, then they’re still years away from setting an MCL' said Barbara Morrissey, an expert in the environmental toxicology division of Washington’s Department of Health." ... See MoreSee Less
Environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers were quick to criticize the plan, saying it effectively delays much-needed regulations on PFAS chemicals, which have been linked to cancer and other health d...
No Valentines from the U.S. EPA today. Their new management plan for PFAS chemicals is weak. It fails to protect public health and the environment in big ways. Another reason why it's so important for states like Washington to keep leading with strong protections for drinking water, people, and orcas. Go Washington! ... See MoreSee Less
"But a failure to focus on prevention, a failure to acknowledge the role of the environment in causing cancer, and a failure to allocate funds to prevention research, are all failures for public health." - Dr. Lauren Vandenberg, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. ... See MoreSee Less