Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to require comprehensive reporting on asbestos imports, use, and disposal. When finalized, the rule will require “manufacturers and producers of certain types of asbestos and asbestos-containing articles (including as an impurity) in the last four years to report certain exposure-related information, including quantities of asbestos manufactured or processed, types of use, and employee data … the proposed rule also covers asbestos-containing articles (including as an impurity) and asbestos that is present as a component of a mixture.” Continue reading 

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At one of his last public events, the founding director of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Andy Igrejas accepted the 2017 Tribute of Inspiration award from Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) on our behalf. In his remarks, he made it clear that the true honor belonged to all the families who had lost loved ones to asbestos-related diseases and turned their grief into activism to ban asbestos.

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They’re in a lot of stuff, from firefighting foam to rain gear, but PFAS in your makeup? Yuck. 

A recent peer-reviewed study found PFAS (per- and perfluoroalkyl substances) in cosmetics such as foundations, lip products, and mascaras. This means we are applying PFAS-containing products directly to our skin, potentially leading to PFAS in our bodies. When we wash makeup off, the chemicals may also go down the drain and eventually wind up in waterways.  Continue reading 

Washington state has been a leader in preventing PFAS pollution, banning these harmful chemicals in product categories to address contamination of drinking water. But with continued use of these persistent and toxic chemicals in key products such as apparel, our job in Washington is far from done.   Continue reading 

Guest submission from Ecology Center’s Healthy Stuff Lab
Melissa Cooper Sargent, Environmental Health Advocate

Let’s begin with the muffin pan—nonstick, 12-cup, heavy-weight steel. It is proudly made in the USA and even comes with a plastic lid and handles. And at less than $20 on Amazon, it seems like the perfect gift for your office’s White Elephant exchange.  Continue reading 

In November 2021, the Washington State Board of Health adopted new drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), toxic chemicals that have been found in local water supplies, including Issaquah, Fort Lewis, Whidbey Island, Moses Lake, and Airway Heights. Toxic-Free Future originally petitioned the agency in 2017 to adopt standards to protect drinking water from PFAS. Continue reading