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The Toxies: Exposed 2013

Toxies exposedFailed chemical policies are leading to unwanted chemicals in our bodies, and every week, studies link chemicals in our environment to rising rates of disease. For these reasons and others, Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) and Physicians for Social Responsibility- Los Angeles have created a fun and informative campaign to protect communities from toxic chemicals and pollutants.

The Toxies: Exposed is a satirical 7-part web series that follows a daring investigative journalist as he chases down toxic chemicals and pollutants, raising awareness about toxics in our homes, schools, workplaces and communities.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013

Central Valley Toxics Forum February 22, 2012

Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE), Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR) and the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ)…

Consumer Confusion

Invite you to participate in a Community Forum on Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Productson February 22, 2012

Posted on Feb 7, 2012

LA Toxics Community Forum 12/16

Raising-handPlease join us on Friday, Dec. 16th from 1:-00 to 4:30 at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in LA to find out how we can continue progress with rules being developed by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), and voice your concerns about toxics in your community! We'll have a workshop for groups to learn more from 1:00-2:30, and a Community Forum with DTSC from 3:00-4:30.

CHANGE is hosting this meeting to discuss key health and environment topics on the department’s informal draft Safer Consumer Products Regulation to implement AB 1879 (read more on DTSC’s website).

Posted on Dec 8, 2011

CVAQ, CHANGE, CPR say: Toxics Out Now!

Cvaq-cpr-change On August 23rd, CHANGE, CVAQ (Central Valley Air Quality Coalition), and CPR (Californians for Pesticide Reform) advocates from all over the state –- urban residents from Oakland, Los Angeles and Fresno to rural residents from Earlimart, Coachella and Arvin –- are joining together to say Toxics Out Now!

Learn more and register for August 23rd. It's free!

From the air we breathe as we walk in our neighborhoods or play in our homes, to the food we feed our children and the beds we sleep on, to the many personal care products we use to wash our hands and brush our teeth, our natural and built environments are overloaded with toxic chemicals.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011

You're Invited to the Toxies!

Toxies-square-image Are you ready to walk the red carpet? How about the excitement of the awards ceremony? Or maybe just the afterparty...

You're invited to join us at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on June 16th to make some noise for bad actor chemicals at the 2nd Annual Toxies

Don't worry, if you're not in LA, you can always bring the party to you by signing up to host a satellite viewing party!

The new toxies website is here: www.toxies.com, where this year's nominees will be announced.

RSVP for the 2011 Toxies right now!
june 16, 2011 | 4pm PDT: red carpet |  5pm: awards ceremony | 6pm-8pm: afterparty

Posted on May 20, 2011

Upcoming Event: OEHHA Hazard Trait Regulations

A critical part of the Green Chemistry Initiative is identifying what kind of information is required to go into the Toxic Information Clearinghouse required by SB 509. The Green Chemistry Initiative laws require the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to identify these hazard traits – things like whether a chemical is a carcinogen or a reproductive toxin; is it toxic to wildlife or is it dangerous because of how we are exposed to it?  These hazard traits will also be used to assess safer products in the Safer Product Regulations being developed by the Department of Toxics Substances Control. A draft of proposed regulations has been issued by OEHHA (Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment), which will look specifically at hazard traits, environmental and toxicological end-points, and other relevant data. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will then use information from the clearinghouse to help identify chemicals of concern in consumer products to make California a safer community.

OEHHA will be holding a workshop to get public comment concerning these regulations on Monday August 23, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Klamath Room at the Cal/EPA Headquarters Building at 1001 I Street in Sacramento, second floor.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 | Comments (0)

Hearing on the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010

Hearing on H.R. 5820, the “Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010”

Hearings - Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection

The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing on H.R. 5820, the “Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010,” on Thursday, July 29, 2010, in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.  The legislation would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 to ensure that the public and the environment are protected from risks resulting from chemical exposure.


WHEN: 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 29

WHERE: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

For more information on the hearing visit the Energy and Commerce Committee's website

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 | Comments (0)

Alternatives Analysis Symposium 2

GCIimageOn July 28th, 2010, the Department of Toxic Substance (DTSC) will be hosting a symposium to further explore alternatives analysis for harmful chemicals. The process of identifying and analyzing safer alternatives for chemicals to use in products is a highly complex and scientific approach that crosses multiple disciplines. In order for an alternatives assessment to be productive and efficient, dialogue amongst different stakeholders is crucial to establishing a successful system in California.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 | Comments (0)

Department of Toxics Wants Your Feedback

DTSC_GCIAt long last, California's Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) has released its draft regulations for implementing the first pieces of California's Green Chemistry Initiative and its quest for Safer Alternatives. Now, DTSC wants to hear from you. If you are in Sacramento on July 7 and 8, come raise your voice. If not, you can follow along with the webcast and submit comments via email. Final coments on the proposal are due July 15, 2010.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday, July 8, 2010, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 | Comments (0)

Workers Memorial Day - April 28

by Jeff Rayos

WorkersMemDay2010On Wednesday April 28, workers across America observed Workers’ Memorial Day, to remember fellow workers who have died and suffered from poor working conditions. Each year hundreds of thousands of workers are placed in toxic environments that result in illness, injury and death. Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000 lives alone. One worker dies every 15 seconds worldwide. 6,000 workers die every day. Work kills more people than wars.

To learn more about the success of the 2010 Workers' Memorial Day visit CHANGE member, Worksafe's description of the event.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 | Comments (0)