CHANGE (Californians for a Healthy & Green Economy)A growing coalition of environmental health, policy, labor, environmental justice, interfaith, and other organizations who are working to create a better system for regulating toxic chemicals in California.
Community voices, especially low-income and communities of color, are vital to the process of determining how chemicals should be regulated in California.
Workers, low income and communities of color are disproportionately-impacted by the health effects of chemicals in the environment and in products. We recognize that these efforts will only be worthwhile if community voices are at the table helping craft solutions to the problem. We are in the process of bringing more communities of color to participate in the process and invite you to join us.
Our families, communities, and workers deserve reform of federal chemical safety laws that will truly protect public health and the environment from chemicals like BPA and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals. But a bill the US Senate is now considering, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA, S. 1009), would leave us unprotected from toxic chemicals.
The truth is, the CSIA, as drafted, does not advance prevention, protect public health, or even reduce harm. That’s why we are calling on the Senate to amend the CSIA and include common-sense protections we all care about, such as adequately reviewing the safety of chemicals before allowing their use.
You can help by sending the below message to your Senator now. Thank you for standing up for health!
Please find our coaltion's statement on the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 below.
CHANGE Opposes the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 (S.1009 Lautenberg/Vitter) Unless Substantial Changes Are Made to Protect Public Health, Workers and Communities
July 24, 2013
Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE - http://www.changecalifornia.org/) is a statewide coalition of 37 environmental health and environmental justice groups, health organizations, labor advocates, community-based groups, parent organizations, faith groups, and others who are concerned with the impacts of toxic chemicals on human health and the environment.
We need your help today to make sure California's landmark program for safer products is kept strong. It looks like negotiations have been reopened on a number of critical points, which could fundamentally weaken the program.
In 2008, California passed a law mandating a new approach to regulating toxic chemicals in consumer products, which is now known as the Safer Consumer Products Program.Read more...
Today, CHANGE is pleased to submit our full comments on DTSC’s draft regulations to implement a Safer Consumer Products program under the authority of AB 1879. After diligently participating in this process over the last four years, we're calling for California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and Governor Brown to move this program forward. When these draft regulations were released in July 2012, CHANGE responded with hopeful support for a solution-oriented program (see July 27 media statement). Recent editorials by the San Francisco Chronicle and La Opinión reinforce some of the key reasons the public deserves this program as as step closer to safer products, healthier people and environment, and a robust economy.Read more...
These recent editorials highlight the need for a Safer Consumer Products program to move forward now! Read from La Opinión, "Una regulación importante" (translated below into English by CHANGE, "An Important Regulation") and "Don't let industry weaken regulations" from the San Francisco Chronicle.
An Important Regulation
It’s time the law that protects consumers is put to use.
La Opinión | October 9, 2012
Four years ago, California legislature passed a law protecting consumers by helping them avoid the use of common objects that are dangerous for their health. And it is time for the law to be implemented.Read more...