Failed 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.
Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE), Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR) and the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ)…
Invite you to participate in a Community Forum on Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Productson February 22, 2012
Please 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).Read more...
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.Read more...
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!
RSVP for the 2011 Toxies right now!
june 16, 2011 | 4pm PDT: red carpet | 5pm: awards ceremony | 6pm-8pm: afterparty
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
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
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.
- Steve Owens, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency
- Richard Denison, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
- Calvin M. Dooley, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Chemistry Council
- Howard Williams, Vice President, Construction Specialties, Inc.
- Mark Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H., President, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice
- Beth Bosley, Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates, Inc.
- Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group
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.
On 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.Read more...
At 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
On 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.Read more...