FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND STUDY FINDS TOXIC FLAME RETARDANTS FROM CONSUMER PRODUCTS ARE SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF POLLUTION TO WATERWAYSSep 17, 2014
- Scientists have been puzzling over why toxic flame retardant chemicals used in products in our homes, like couches and TVs, are showing up in Puget Sound, rivers, and other waters across the state. Now they have an answer thanks to a new peer-reviewed study published today in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The first-of-its kind study uncovers how flame retardants used in products in homes accumulate on clothing, contaminate laundry wastewater, and pass through wastewater treatment plants to pollute rivers and other waters.
Mar 13, 2014
- Seattle – For the third year in a row, the Washington state Senate failed to pass the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act (ESHB 1294/SB 6048), a comprehensive bill banning six toxic flame retardants on the list of Chemicals of High Concern to Children and allowing state agencies to ban other harmful flame retardants from being used in children’s products and home furniture.
Feb 06, 2014
Companies Report Thousands of Toxic Chemicals, Including Toxic Flame Retardants Under Washington State LawMakers of children’s products have reported widespread use of harmful chemicals under a reporting requirement of the landmark Washington state 2008 Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA). “What’s on Your List? Toxic Chemicals in Your Shopping Cart,” reveals the prevalence of chemicals that can cause cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive and developmental problems in products readily available for purchase at many of the country’s largest retailers, including toxic flame retardants.
Nov 21, 2013
Coalition Calls on Legislature to ProtectKids from Dangerous ChemicalsMost children’s furniture contains toxic flame retardant chemicals linked to serious health problems, according to a new study released by the Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC). Environmental health advocates, firefighters, faith leaders and developmental disabilities advocates are urging state legislators to pass the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act (ESHB 1294), a bill that would phase out the use of toxic flame retardants in children’s products and furniture and move product manufacturers to safer alternatives.
Dec 13, 2013Congress Blog
- While Senate and House committees dig into chemical policy it is important to remember the point of reform: protecting public health. The connection between common chemicals and health problems such as infertility, cancer, learning disabilities, and autism is what has grabbed the public’s attention. It is why 22 states have passed chemical restrictions of some kind. It is why major retailers and manufactures are starting to restrict hazardous chemicals.
Nov 21, 2013Bellingham Herald
- You might reasonably assume that the federal government regulates and tests most of the chemicals found in our children's toys, household products, and other consumer goods to make sure they are safe. They do not. In response, states like Washington stepped up with stronger chemical safety state laws to protect consumers and the environment from the impacts of toxic chemicals.
Sep 16, 2013
- This time of year is one of transition; back to school, the sun is setting a little earlier and rising a little later. For some of us, the Jewish High Holy days are looming very close. They arrive at a perfect time — in the midst of all of these changes. It is now that we take account of what is truly important and make adjustments accordingly.
Sep 24, 2012Seattle PI.com
- For the first time, makers of children’s products are disclosing the presence in their products of 66 toxic chemicals that are a concern to children’s health.