Editor’s note: this blog post was written by Nancy Uding, Toxic-Free Future’s Program Director.
Lead hazards are alive and well in King County, Washington, especially those due to household paint in homes built before 1978. Though a lot of progress has been made in the US bringing down blood lead levels in children through policy solutions including removal of lead from gasoline, household paint, and many consumer products, lead’s lasting impact lives on. And, lead hazards impact communities of color and low income communities in a disproportionate way.1,2,3,4 For example, a higher percentage of black children have concerning blood lead levels than white children, as do children living in lower income families vs. higher income families.3 Continue reading
Olympia, WA—Yesterday, the Washington State House of Representatives kicked off the 2020 legislative session by hearing a bill in the Environment and Energy Committee to take more action on toxic PFAS in firefighting foam. Continue reading
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, the U.S. Senate voted to approve the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes several important provisions that begin to take action on the PFAS contamination crisis. The final NDAA includes important provisions to phase out the military’s use of firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals, which has led to contamination of water supplies for millions of Americans. At the same time, key provisions were left out of the bill that would have required cleanup of PFAS-contaminated communities and industrial water pollution. Continue reading
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Seattle, WA – In a study released today, environmental health advocacy group Toxic-Free Future found lead in house dust, soil, and drinking water in and around Puget Sound area homes. The report Hidden Danger: Lead in Puget Sound Homes assesses key sources of children’s exposure to lead in the home environment. Continue reading
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last night, Congressional negotiators finalized the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report, which now includes several important provisions that begin to take action on the PFAS contamination crisis. At the same time, the conferees left out key provisions that would have required cleanup of PFAS-contaminated communities and industrial water pollution. The final NDAA includes important provisions to phase out the military’s use of firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals, which has led to contamination of water supplies for millions of Americans. Continue reading
In Washington state, innovation, disruption and hyper-competition thrive. But when it comes to being at the leading edge in making and selling the safest stuff for our health and the planet, Washington-based retailers are mediocre at best and failing at worst. Continue reading
CONTACT: Jamie Nolan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-463-9869
Seattle, WA– A coalition of environmental health advocacy groups today released new research revealing hazardous and outdated flame retardant chemicals contained in streaming televisions from Best Buy and Amazon. Continue reading
In a groundbreaking move, the European Commission has adopted a regulation to ban organohalogen flame retardants in televisions and other displays. The ban goes into effect in 2021, protecting Europeans as well as workers around the globe from unnecessary exposure to these harmful chemicals. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Laurie Valeriano, the Executive Director at Toxic-Free Future, and Liz Hitchcock, Acting Director at Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.
These next few weeks are crunch time in Congress for negotiations on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Continue reading
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(Olympia, WA) — The Washington state Department of Ecology (Ecology) has announced products and chemicals it is targeting under the state’s precedent-setting law, the Safer Products for Washington Act. The Act—the nation’s strongest—directs Ecology to regulate harmful chemicals in a wide range of products, from plastics to personal care products.