Political Update Category

Mar. 06, 2014 What are they thinking?
Making sense of the new House legislation By Andy Igrejas, Campaign Director Last Thursday, Representative Shimkus, Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on... Read more...
Oct. 29, 2013 Jennifer Beals speaks out for toxic chemical reform
Actress and mother Jennifer Beals gave this speech to the Stroller Brigade in Washington DC this morning. It’s a pleasure to be here among such... Read more...
Oct. 28, 2013 I'm a BIG fan of parent activism
By Katy Farber, teacher, author, blogger, consultant, community builder Parents are descending on Washington D.C. next week to demand toxic chemical reform that will protect... Read more...
Oct. 17, 2013 The Stroller Brigade is back, and stronger than ever
By Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director Our first National Stroller Brigade, nearly a year-and-a-half ago, was about establishing a voice for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families on... Read more...
Oct. 11, 2013 Our toxic chemical law turns 37 today
By Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director Today, October 11th, is the official 37th “birthday” for our toxic chemical law the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The... Read more...
Oct. 09, 2013 Think asbestos is banned in the US?
By Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director Think again. If there’s one reason we know our federal law governing chemicals doesn’t work, it’s asbestos. Despite popular belief,... Read more...
Oct. 07, 2013 Happy birthday TSCA?
By Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director This Friday October 11th, marks the 37th birthday of our chemical laws on toxic chemicals and the question before us... Read more...
Aug. 14, 2013 Massachusetts manufacturers reduce use of carcinogens
A state success story By Madeline Doggett, Clean Water Action Massachusetts For many of us, cancer feels like it surrounds us – so many friends,... Read more...
Aug. 13, 2013 Think about the brain
By Maureen Swanson, Learning Disabilities Association of America As the US Senate begins consideration of the recently introduced Chemical Safety Improvement Act, I want them... Read more...
Aug. 01, 2013 Notes on Wednesday's hearing
Wednesday was a big day. For the first time this year, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee discussed what it will take to pass... Read more...
Jul. 31, 2013 Safer Chemicals twitter chat Part II
By Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director What a day! Today was a marathon, six hour long hearing in the Senate on a path forward on toxic... Read more...
Jul. 31, 2013 Safer Chemicals twitter chat: Part I
By Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director This morning was a whirlwind of fun on Twitter! During the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on toxic... Read more...
Jul. 18, 2013 Actors advocate for safer chemicals on Twitter
By Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director So what happens when powerful women (and men), who also happen to be actors, get involved in the issue of... Read more...
Jul. 16, 2013 Protecting the Public from Toxic Chemicals
A thing this Congress can get done By Andy Igrejas, Campaign Director It’s no secret that Congress is having a hard time accomplishing things recently.... Read more...
Jun. 17, 2013 Government watchdog says our chemical law is a hot mess
By Tony Iallonardo, Communications Director Last week, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) provided compelling evidence that our federal law on toxic chemicals, the 37... Read more...
May. 23, 2013 Reactions to the bi-partisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act
Yesterday Senators Lautenberg and Vitter, along with 14 other Senators from both parties, introduced the Chemical Safety Improvement Act. The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition... Read more...
May. 20, 2013 Parents secure big wins in Minnesota
Kim LaBo, Organizer, Clean Water Action Minnesota/Healthy Legacy Coalition Time is a precious commodity for moms. Whenever I try to schedule a get together with... Read more...
May. 08, 2013 Arsenic In Your Undershorts
New report finds over 5,000 children's products contain hazardous chemicals By Laurie Valeriano, Executive Director of Washington Toxics Coalition Last week, the Washington Toxics Coalition... Read more...
Apr. 19, 2013 In just a week, major momentum is built for safer chemicals
By Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director In just a matter of a week there have been significant advances on our quest to kick toxic chemicals to... Read more...
Apr. 02, 2013 Pediatricians vs. Dow Chemical
Who does your Senator turn to for children’s health advice? By Andy Igrejas, Campaign Director It’s Spring Break right now in the U.S. Senate. And... Read more...
Mar. 31, 2013 EPA moves forward on flame retardant chemicals
Broader Reforms Needed to Protect Public Health (photo credit: Jason Spaceman) The U.S. EPA recently announced that it would assess twenty chemicals under the Toxic... Read more...
Mar. 27, 2013 The things I learn while on the job
By Liz Hitchcock, Legislative Director Cruising the halls of Congress can be fun when you’re side by side with leading physicians and scientists. I think... Read more...
Mar. 22, 2013 States drive momentum to get toxics out of consumer products
By Tony Iallonardo, Communications Director The Vermont state Senate could approve legislation as soon as today limiting exposure to a toxic flame retardant (the same... Read more...
Feb. 21, 2013 Toxics in Nap Mats Draws Ire of Senators
By Tony Iallonardo Communications Director Twenty three U.S. Senators wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency this week expressing dismay that nap mats commonly used by... Read more...
Feb. 15, 2013 Senator Lautenberg announces two year mission to pass toxics reform
By Tony Iallonardo, Communications Director People who thought New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg would quietly ease into retirement as he approaches the final two years... Read more...
Feb. 08, 2013 Toxic-free furniture on the horizon
Newly Proposed California Regulations Will Improve National Health and Fire Safety By Sarah Janssen, MD, PhD - Senior Scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council... Read more...
Dec. 19, 2012 My quest to advance international pollution standards
By Pam Miller, Executive Director of Alaska Community Action on Toxics What do Geneva, Alaska and a small town in Ohio have in common? These... Read more...
Oct. 23, 2012 Stand up for kids, not Big Chemical!
A message to all Congressional candidates By Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director I have always felt that getting a handle on toxic chemicals is an urgent... Read more...
Sep. 06, 2012 Noticeably Absent from Convention Speeches: Public Health and the Environment
By Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director Like many of you, I’ve spent time watching political speeches at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. And while... Read more...
Aug. 08, 2012 Storyboard of the Safe Chemicals Act Hearing and Vote
Did you miss the hearing and vote two weeks ago? Fret not, below is a storyboard of the "best of" tweets and videos from the... Read more...