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Safer Products Now: La Opinión, SF Chronicle

Editorials-scpThese 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.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012

Supporting a Strong Safer Consumer Product Regulation

BlueToday, the CA Department of Toxic Substances Control released its Draft Safer Consumer Product Regulation -- Download CHANGE Media Statement as a PDF.

California Health, Worker, Consumer, Physician and Environmental Groups Support Strong Safer Consumer Product Draft Regulation

SACRAMENTO – California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) unveiled a groundbreaking, proposed regulation today – the Safer Consumer Product regulation - aimed at protecting consumers from the health risks of toxic ingredients in everyday products while promoting innovation by California businesses. We say it’s about time.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012

A Holiday Gift for Generations to Come

Email Alert_KAs a pregnant woman with a background in toxicology, I find myself already worried about the ubiquity of chemicals in our environment -- knowing that I, like most Americans, have as many as 700 chemicals, including substances linked to serious health problems floating in my body -- it's hard not to be.

This passage from my Huffington Post piece, "A Holiday Gift for Generations to Come," helps relate that it’s not our responsibility to avoid products with toxic chemicals because they should not be there in the first place! It is, however, up to us to tell our representatives we deserve a better environment for our families. And here's what you can do:

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 | Comments (0)

BPA In Paper Money

BPAmoney It turns out that the cash in your wallet may be contaminated with the dangerous chemical BPA.  A recent study by Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and the Washington Toxics Coalition found that BPA (a widely used chemical that causes genetic damage, miscarriages, birth defects and acts like a hormone) is present in paper money.  Water bottles, baby bottles and sippy cups just a few years ago were almost all made from BPA-containing plastic (although many are now BPA-free). The linings in food cans often contain BPA.  Now we have to deal with BPA contamination in an item that we literally touch multiple times a day.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 | Comments (0)

California state Assembly fails to pass BPA ban

BPA industry dollars thwarted votesBy Sarah E. Brown

SACRAMENTO - Sept. 11, 2009. The California state Assembly failed to pass SB 797, a bill which would have banned the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from use in children's sippy cups, infant formula and other food and drink products designed for children aged three and younger.

More than 200 scientific studies have linked BPA, a synthetic estrogen used in many hard plastics, to reproductive disorders, prostate and breast cancer, autism, birth defects, infertility in men, early puberty in girls and other serious health risks.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 | Comments (3)

Environmental Health News: California's new chemical laws: They fail to protect us.


Posted on Feb 13, 2009

Environmental Health News: California's new chemical laws: Good start, need work

Posted on Feb 13, 2009