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Policy

"Protecting children from fire doesn't require exposing them to toxic chemicals."

According to Lynne Peeples, many health experts caution that the added chemicals in products treated with flame retardants likely pose a greater health risk than any flames they might fend off. Common flame retardants have been linked with learning disorders, reduced fertility and cancer, they say, and non-chemical alternatives do exist. Read the full Huffington Post article here.

Calif. Bill Would Smoke Out Safety, End Use of Toxic Flame Retardants

Studies link the chemicals in flame retardants to cancer, infertility, miscarriage and preterm birth, lower IQs and learning disabilities in children AND they won't prevent all fires. California Assemblymember Holly Mitchell’s bill, AB 2197), may help get rid of flam retardants. Click here to read the full article.

The Ugly Side of Beauty

A combination of lead (should NEVER be exposed to children or pregnant women, according to the Centers for Disease Control), arsenic, cadmium, nickel, beryllium, and other toxins have been found in several popular brands of make-up. You will NOT find these toxins on the label because they are considered to be 'impurities', not added intentionally, but existing only as byproducts. Absorbing these toxins through the skin can cause a long list of health problems. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is calling for policy change to reformulate make-up products and make contents labeling clearer.

Four critical flaws threaten to undermine the success of California's green chemistry legislation (AB 1879)

Approximately 27 trillion pounds of chemicals are produced or imported into the United States every year, more than one trillion of them in California alone. In the face of relative inaction at the federal level, state governments have moved to address hazardous chemical use. This report evaluates California's green chemistry legislation (AB 1879), identifying four critical flaws that threaten to undermine its success. Recommended revisions to the law are discussed.

Assembly ESTM Committee hears update on Green Chemistry regulations

Click here for the committee press release with more info on the December 8, 2011 hearing on the California Green Chemistry Regulations. Click here for STPP Faculty Director Timothy Malloy's written testimony.

Make Cleaning Up California Sustainable!

STPP's Faculty Director Timothy Malloy will be testifying at the hearing on safer consumer products (“GREEN CHEMISTRY”) informal draft regulations in front of the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee in the California Assembly. The hearing is Thursday, December 8, 2011 from 10:00am - 1:00pm. Click here to watch the hearing or here to listen.

Mom-to-be holiday wish for #SafeChemicalsAct, Senate vote next week. Asks, "Will you join me?"

Check out this Huffington Post article about the Safe Chemicals Act in California! A Holiday Gift for Generations to Come

Safe Chemicals Act Hearing Builds Momentum for Reform

Check out the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families article here!

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition represents more than 11 million individuals and includes parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities, reproductive health advocates, environmentalists and businesses from across the nation. For more information visit their website at www.saferchemicals.org.

America's Moms Are Watching U.S. Senate: Pass the Safe Chemicals Act!

Click here for the Huffington Post article!

Understanding California's Draft Regulations - AB 1879

Click here for 5 useful videos for understanding the draft regulations! DTSC Director, Deborah Raphael explains California’s new vision for safer consumer products.

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