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CHANGE Opposes CSIA Unless Amended to Protect Health, Workers and Communities

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.

Posted on Jul 31, 2013

Phthalates Make Plastic Soft...and Dangerous

Phthalate blog In the eighth story of our ongoing series, "Independence from Toxic Chemicals," Pam Palitz describes the danger of phthalates in our everyday products 

When I first started working in the environmental health field, I had a mantra: “BPA makes plastic hard, phthalates make plastic soft.” Baby bottles … hard. Rubber duckies … soft.  It’s so important for an environmental health advocate to keep her endocrine disruptors straight.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 | Comments (0)

Easy as Cupcake: Get Cadmium out of Kids' Jewelry


In the seventh story of our ongoing series, "Independence from Toxic Chemicals," Ryan Berghoff reports on why California should get the Cadmium out of children's jewelry.

Senator Fran Pavley’s bill, SB 929, which  sets strict limits on the use of cadmium in children’s jewelry, recently passed the California Senate with a large majority vote (26-10) and is now on its way to the governor for his signature. At the present time, federal law restricts cadmium, a known carcinogen, only in painted toys. There are currently no restrictions on the use of cadmium in children’s jewelry, and recent reports show that some jewelry has high concentrations of cadmium. 

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 | Comments (1)

California: The Leader in Lead Regulation

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In the sixth story of our ongoing series, "Independence from Toxic Chemicals," Ryan Berghoff and Christina Medina describe the history of lead regulation in California

Lead is one of the most infamous and ubiquitous toxic heavy metals--it was even honored with  the prestigious “Toxie” award for Lifetime Achievement in Harm. It has been linked to infertility in women, increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, as well as neurological and developmental problems in children.  Take a look at our post on California’s Prop 65 to see some of the unexpected places we’ve found lead. Who’d ever think that diaper rash cream, lunch boxes and electronic cords could have so much in common!

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 | Comments (1)

BPA in California’s Babies – What’s the Hold Up?


In the fifth story of our ongoing series, "Independence from Toxic Chemicals," Ana Mascareñas gives an overview of California's BPA legislation.

This week, the California legislature plans to wrap up its legislative session and make many decisions about the services, priorities, and the budget of our state. Amongst the very tough decisions, sending a bill to protect infants and toddlers from exposure to a toxic chemical -- a measure already passed by both the houses but pending one procedural vote in the Senate -- should NOT be considered a tough decision. SB 797(Pavley) would prohibit the synthetic estrogen, bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles, sippy cups, food and formula containers meant for children 3 and younger.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 | Comments (1)

AB 289: Chemical Testing Requirements

AB 289 In the fourth story of our ongoing series, "Independence from Toxic Chemicals," Ryan Berghoff describes California's AB 289 from 2006. 

Every year more than 55,000,000 pounds of all chemicals are released in the state of California. There are over 85,000 chemicals that are commercially available today, and many are known to cause cancer, damage the brain, or disrupt the nervous and reproductive systems. Analytical test methods only exist for approximately 30 percent of all chemicals, and thus there is a large body of chemicals that remains completely untested. In order to test these numerous chemicals, laboratories within the California Environmental Protection Agency must use millions of taxpayer dollars to develop detection methods for finding chemicals in the air, water, soil, and human body, placing a significant financial burden on Cal- EPA. That’s where AB 289 comes in.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 | Comments (1)

You Asked, Congress Listened

Politico_Ad_Jul2010_250 We’ve just moved one step closer to retiring Bad Actor Chemicals in this country. Yesterday, Congressmen Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) formally introduced the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010 (H.R. 5820). Back in June we asked you to contact your representative to urge them to make the Toxics Substances Control Act reform bills stronger in five ways. Guess what? You asked and they listened (mostly). Look at how the new bill took some of your thoughts and incorporated them (or not):

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 | Comments (0)

The Power of Proposition 65: What you don't see

California-Prop-65-Cancer-Sign-S-4625 As part of our ongoing series, "Independence from Toxic Chemicals," Pamela King Palitz describes California's groundbreaking Proposition 65.

People love to poke fun at Proposition 65, the 1986 right-to-know law that requires manufacturers, retailers and other businesses to provide notice to Californians when they are being exposed to toxic chemicals.  Everyone has seen the warning signs at the airport, or on a gas pump, or in a parking structure and thought, “Thanks for the warning, buddy. Really, though … do I have any choice about being here?”

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 | Comments (1)

Still Hope for BPA-free kids in California

Infant-holding-bottle An attempt to ban Bisphenol-A (BPA) in California fell short of several critical votes yesterday—but it’s not over yet.

California has always fancied itself as a leader in progressive environmental and health policy, so it’s quite baffling why a ban on BPA has not been able to pass yet. Vermont, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Washington, Maryland, Minnesota, the city of Chicago and four counties in New York state — Albany, Schenectady, Suffolk and Rockland — have all been successful in implementing BPA bans. Canada, Australia and New Zealand also have bans on BPA in children’s drinking containers, and New York is working to ban BPA across the entire state. So why is California having troubles passing a BPA ban?

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

CNN's Dr. Gupta Talks Chemicals Policy

Sanjaygupta If you've been following CHANGE's blog posts, you probably know that there are 80,000 on the market and only 200 of them have been tested for safety. But that oft-quoted statistic in the chemicals policy world doesn't usually make it to broadcast television. Until now.

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta gives a compelling report on how a 1976 toxic chemical law (the Toxics Substances Control Act, or TSCA) may be putting Americans at risk.

Click on "Read more" below to see the video entitled "Chemicals: Innocent or Guilty?"

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 | Comments (1)