At Least Twenty Eight States to Propose Toxics Policies in 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (February 9, 2015) —Safer States anticipates at least 28 states will propose policies in the next year to reduce exposures to untested and toxic chemicals in consumer products. These bills build on a decade of laws passed in 35 states to protect public health and the environment.

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02/09/2015 - 12:32

Lawmakers and Advocates Urge Ban of Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants From Products That Expose Children

Studies Show These Chemicals Don’t Provide Fire Safety Benefit and are Highly Toxic

Hartford, CT – Lawmakers and advocates gathered today to urge passage of a ban on toxic chlorinated tris flame retardants from children’s products.  Citing research that shows these chemicals do not provide any fire safety benefit, lawmakers pointed out that flame retardants, like chlorinated tris, are highly toxic, linked to cancer, impaired brain development, disruption of hormones and have no place in children’s products.  Certain fibers and barriers are non-toxic alternatives to these chemicals.

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03/26/2015 - 12:29

Stand Up for Connecticut's Kids!

You wouldn't buy your kids something that contained toxic chemicals on purpose, would you?

Of course not.

But here's the problem. A lot of the products that we use everyday contain toxic chemicals, but manufacturers don't tell us about it. No matter how careful you are, if you don't know what is in the products your buy for your kids, there is nothing you can do. That's why we need to pass HB 5653. This bill will list the most dangerous toxic chemicals present in children's products and recommend action to remove the worst of them! Tell your legislator to stand up for kids and support HB 5653 now!

Lets Lower and Cap Unfair Electric Charges!

You should be able to control how much you pay for electricity by controlling how much electricity you use. Unfortunately no matter how much you reduce your energy use, you still have to pay huge fees just to get electricity. In fact, Connecticut residents pay the highest fixed costs in New England.

You can start to change that today - take action and tell your legislators to support SB 570 to cap fixed charges at $10 per month for households!

The CSHC January-February 2015 Newsletter

Mind the StoreWe’ve been busy!  We’re working on a 3 major initiatives to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals and protect health!

Pushing the Market—and winning!
  We’ve teamed up with our national partners to urge the top 10 major retailers to “Mind the Store” by working with their suppliers to move away from using toxic chemicals in products they sell.  These retailers include Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway, Lowes and Ashley Furniture.  As a result of our work, Walmart and Target have indicated that they are moving in this direction! And on Friday, January 23rd, Ashley Furniture, the largest manufacturer and retailer of furniture in the country, announced that it would move away from using toxic chemical flame retardants in their products!   

Major Furniture Retailer Announces Phase Out of Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals

Advocates Urge Other Leading Retailers to Adopt Timelines and Policies to Eliminate Harmful Chemicals

Hartford, CT – The nation’s largest furniture retailer and manufacturer, Ashley Furniture, announced that, due to increasing consumer demand and a change in California’s flammability standard, they will be moving away from using toxic chemical flame retardants in their furniture.

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01/28/2015 - 19:18

New England Currents - Fall 2014

New England Currents

Fall 2014 Edition 

The Underground Battle for Climate and Communities

Hundreds from across Massachusetts and New Hampshire rallied this summer on the Boston Common to protest an ill-conceived proposal for gas expansion through New England. This pipeline, the latest project of Texan billionaire Richard Kinder, would ship a massive quantity of gas — fracked straight from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale — through wetlands and watersheds, conservation lands, fruit orchards and private residential properties.

Public outcry, community organizing, and legal and political advocacy have made this a front-burner issue. “It’s time to set the record straight about the role of gas in our energy future,” says Clean Water Action’s Joel Wool. When you look carefully, Wool says, gas is neither cheap, homegrown nor reliable: Read more 

Protecting Hartford’s Drinking Water: City Council Passes Resolution Supporting EPA Rule

HARTFORD - Tuesday night, the Hartford City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to clarify protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks Councilwoman Cynthia Jennings for introducing the resolution and for her continued leadership on environmental issues.
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10/15/2014 - 07:13

Thousands of Letters Delivered to EPA Leader on Banks of Connecticut River

Advocates Call For Stronger Protections for Local Rivers, Streams, and Wetlands

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09/29/2014 - 10:49

New England Currents I Summer 2014

New England Currents

Summer 2014 Edition 

A Letter From Your Drinking Water 

Dear New Englanders -

Here I am on my journey towards the Boston area, leaving the Quabbin Reservoir, on my way to your tap. Did you know that I save you millions of dollars with my well-buffered source water so pollution clean-up costs don't have to be added to your drinking water bill? (Don't worry, I get disinfected like all public drinking water supplies before you drink me, but cleanup needs are minimal because my sources are protected!)

My situation in New England, however, is a special one. Did you know that up until just last month, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections that were weakened under the Bush Administration, drinking water for 8.8 million New Englanders was at risk of being polluted... legally?

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