Contacts: Laurie Valeriano, Executive Director of Toxic-Free Future – 206-200-2824; Jaime Smith, Grit City Strategy & Communications (on behalf of TFF) – 253-334-5670

(Olympia, WA) – Gov. Jay Inslee today signed legislation that puts Washington State at the forefront of the effort to phase out PFAS in firefighting foam. The state Legislature in 2018 passed a first-in-the-nation ban on the sale of PFAS-containing firefighting foam for most uses, but exempted some of the biggest contributors such as oil facilities, chemical plants and airports. The Safer Firefighting Foam Act signed today eliminates those exemptions and creates the strongest state ban in the country. Continue reading 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jaime Smith, (253) 334-5670, jaime@gritcitystrategy.com 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fast-casual chain Sweetgreen has announced it is phasing out per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in its bowls by the end of this year. The company is working with the packaging company Footprint on an alternative that it has already begun to roll out in some stores.

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CONTACT: Laurie Valeriano, Executive Director of Toxic-Free Future – 206.200.2824, or 
Jaime Smith, Grit City Strategy & Communications (on behalf of TFF) – 253.334.5670

OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Senate today overwhelmingly approved a bill that closes several major gaps in the state’s effort to phase out toxic PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam. HB 2265 already passed the House last month and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. Continue reading 

CONTACT: Erika Schreder or Carina Wells, Toxic-Free Future | 206.632.1545
OR James Boyd, Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs | 812.856.5490

(Seattle, WA) – Toddlers and young children spend much of their day crawling, playing and climbing. For parents and childcare providers, that means constant mopping and dusting to keep floors and furniture clean and safe. But a new peer-reviewed study suggests high levels of dangerous contaminants known as PFAS are finding their way into childcare centers through the very products intended to keep children healthy. According to a Washington State proposal, regulators tasked with phasing out PFAS aren’t planning to look at those products—yet. Continue reading 

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CONTACT: Gretchen Salter, Safer States, 206- 619-0973

(Portland, OR) –States are stepping up to protect public health from harmful chemicals, according to an analysis by Safer States. The analysis found that at least 29 states will consider more than 180 policies to require companies to disclose what is in their products as well as limit exposures to toxic chemicals. These policies include bans on PFAS in food packaging and firefighting foam as well as bans on toxic flame retardants in electronics. The analysis, including a searchable database, is available online at SaferStates.org/bill-tracker.

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Somerville, MA—As global concerns grow around the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—known as the ‘forever chemicals’ because they can persist for thousands of years in the environment—Clean Production Action today released GreenScreen Certified™ Firefighting Foam, the first ecolabel for PFAS-free* firefighting foam products. Continue reading 

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. 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