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August 30, 2017

A Toxic Storm: Hazardous Facilities, Failed Chemical Safety Policies, and Extreme Weather Leave Houston Residents Swimming in Toxic Soup

In response to the devastation and suffering created by Tropical Storm Harvey, and the toxic hazards posed to health and the environment by dozens of hazardous industrial and commercial facilities concentrated in the Houston area, Michele Roberts, Co-Coordinator of the Environmental Justice Health Alliance (EJHA), issued the following statement:

August 24, 2017

Coming Clean and EJHA's Joint Statement on Racist Violence in Charlottesville

Coming Clean, a network of 200 community, state and national organizations working to reduce the disproportionate suffering toxic chemicals impose on people of color and the poor, is deeply saddened and disappointed by the recent racist, hateful actions in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our hearts are with the victims of these attacks—whether they died or were injured directly by white supremacists, died in an accident while seeking to protect the public, or were one of the millions among us who felt the chill and horror intended by this terrorist attack. We condemn racism and all supremacist ideologies everywhere they appear, be they in the streets of Charlottesville, our institutions of government and criminal justice, and in the daily lives of those who continue to suffer their impacts.

June 23, 2016

When It Comes To Protecting Public Health From Toxic Chemicals, TSCA Reform Leaves Much Unfinished Business

[Washington, DC] – In response to President Obama signing the ’Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act' into law, Judy Robinson, Co-Director of Coming Clean, a collaborative network of over 200 community and environmental health organizations, issued the following statement:

“Although we desperately need to update our nation’s 'Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976' (TSCA) to address public health problems caused by today’s ubiquitous chemical exposures, Congress’s most recent effort falls far short of the protections families and at-risk communities deserve. The Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act does make some important improvements to our current toxic chemical regulations, however, this is a low bar to clear given that our preceding rules failed to ban even the most dangerous substances such as asbestos and dioxin. Today, while the din of self-congratulation still resonates, we ask Congress-members to take stock of the communities still in danger—and the work yet to be done—to ensure that every child grows up free from birth defects or learning disabilities and every adult need not worry about cancer or health problems related to toxic chemical exposures.”

July 22, 2015

Community Organizations, Affected Groups Respond to EPA’s Failure to Protect Communities of Color and Marginalized Populations From Toxic Chemical Spills Under the Clean Water Act

(Washington, DC) Yesterday the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA), a national environmental justice network, joined People Concerned About Chemical Safety and the Natural Resources Defense Council in filing suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to adopt mandatory regulations to protect communities against toxic chemical spills from thousands of industrial facilities.

March 31, 2015

Health and Community Advocates Overwhelmingly Oppose Vitter-Udall Takeover of Nation’s Toxic Chemical Safety Laws

Advocates from more than 50 environmental justice, health, sustainable business and community organizations delivered a letter to the United States Senate in opposition to S. 697, which could block states from taking new actions to protect consumers and communities from exposure to toxic chemicals.

March 19, 2015

Health & Community Groups Say Asthma, Premature Death From Smog Mean Epa Must Take Strong Action To Cut Ozone Pollution

As the public comment period for a newly proposed national limit on ozone pollution (smog) came to a close this week, hundreds of organizations and concerned individuals from across the nation expressed their support for improved public health, cleaner air, and a more protective ozone standard of 60 parts per billion (ppb).

March 11, 2015

Chemical Industry Gets Free Pass in Vitter-Udall Bill: NYU Study Links Toxic Chemicals to Billions in Health Care Costs

(New York, NY) A new bill that claims to update how chemicals are regulated in the United States, introduced today by Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM), is a sweet deal for the chemical industry that would keep exposing Americans to harmful chemicals while exposing the nation to billions in health care costs, a coalition of community, environmental and health groups said today.

February 4, 2015

Nuevo Informe Encuentra Que el 81% de Productos Analizados Provenientes de las Tiendas de Dólar Contienen Una o Más Sustancias Químicas Nocivas Ligadas a Dificultades del Aprendizaje, el Cáncer y Otras Enfermedades Graves

El día de hoy, la Campaña para Soluciones Saludables — integrado por más de 100 organizaciones de la salud, comunitarias, y de justicia ambiental a lo largo de Estados Unidos — dio a conocer un informe sobre las sustancias químicas toxicas que se encuentran en los productos de venta en las tiendas Dólar. El informe, Siempre Tarde y a Medias: Cadenas de Descuento Se Están Quedando Atrás En Cuanto A Sustancias Químicas Más Seguras (A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Discount Retailers are Falling Behind on Safer Chemicals por su título en ingles) — detalla los resultados de los estudios de 164 productos, tales como juguetes, joyería, útiles escolares y otros artículos del hogar, de las tiendas Dólar. Los estudios encontraron que más del 81% (133 of 164) de los productos contienen por lo menos una sustancia química nociva, que sobrepasa los niveles de preocupación.

February 4, 2015

New Report Finds 81% of Dollar Store Products Tested Contain One or More Hazardous Chemicals Linked to Learning Disabilities, Cancer & Other Serious Illnesses

The Campaign for Healthier Solutions – a group of over 100 health, community, and environmental justice organizations around the country – released a report today about toxic chemicals found in dollar store products.  The report -- A Day Late And A Dollar Short: Discount Retailers are Falling Behind on Safer Chemicals – includes testing results for 164 dollar store products such as toys, jewelry, school supplies and other household items, that found over 81% (133 of 164) contained at least one hazardous chemical above levels of concern.

December 8, 2014

Local Families Deserve Toxic Free Toys This Holiday Season

(Albany, NY) Less than a month after a major report, Toxic Toys in Albany County,found dangerous chemicals in children's toys and products in Albany County, the County Legislature voted on legislation Local Law “J” to ban the sale of toys and products containing the most toxic chemicals. The law passed 35-4, enjoying broad bipartisan support.  The bill now goes to the County Executive McCoy to be signed.