We’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!
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.
New England Currents
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
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
New England Currents
A Letter From Your Drinking Water
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?
HARTFORD -- A coalition of lawmakers and child advocates said Tuesday toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases must be banned from children's products and canned goods.
"A decade ago, I pretty much poisoned my kids on a daily basis with their car seats and jewelry that they put in their mouths," said state Rep. Kim Fawcett, D-Fairfield. "I never knew that the federal government would allow these products to be exposed to my children."
Fawcett joined a group of legislators and advocates to urge the General Assembly to support a trio of bills designed to remove harmful chemicals from food and children's products, or at least let parents know the substances are there.
HARTFORD –State Representative Diana Urban (D-Stonington) and Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT Coordinator Anne Hulick RN, MSN, JD together held a press conference today to draw attention to legislation before the General Assembly aimed at protecting children from the numerous illnesses and disorders that have been associated with toxic chemical exposure. Joined by many lawmakers, health and advocacy organizations and members of the public, Urban and Hulick outlined the bills and urged support.