February 8, 2016
New report shows that 63 million Americans are endangered by chlorine bleach plants despite availability of safer alternatives.
February 8, 2016
February 8, 2016
January 25, 2016
October 24, 2015
The EJHA Delaware Forum on Safer Chemcials and Processes drew a big crowd, including Regional and national EPA officials, local elected officials, and business, faith, and community representatives.
July 7, 2015
Sometimes when you live in a small, remote town you need support beyond your community to take care of your family and well-being. Savoonga is a traditional Yup'ik community on St. Lawrence Island in the northern Bering Sea, just 40 miles from the Chukotkan Peninsula of Russia. For much of the year we are surrounded by sea ice.
July 2, 2015
The attempted bombing of a chemical plant in France as part of an apparent terrorist attack on 26 June, which culminated in an explosion there and involved a beheading, has exposed the vulnerability of chemical plants, according to several security experts.
News Release, November 14, 2017
Washington, DC – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, today the Campaign for Healthier Solutions and the Mind the Store campaign released their second annual report card on toxic chemicals in consumer products, which found that one-third of 30 major U.S. retailers are leaders, but two-thirds remain serious laggards. The report, Who’s Minding the Store? -- A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals,includes evaluations of nineteen retailers for the first time. The nation’s largest dollar stores scored poorly, with Dollar Tree earning a grade of ‘D’ and Dollar General earning an ‘F’.
News Release, November 14, 2017
Washington, DC – Justo a tiempo para las compras de la época festiva, hoy la campaña de Mind the Store publicó su boleta anual de calificaciones sobre sustancias químicas toxicas en productos para el consumidor, mismo que encontró que una tercera parte de las 30 cadenas más grandes de tiendas en los Estados Unidos son líderes, pero dos terceras partes permanecen muy atrasadas. Este informe, ¿Quién Está Cuidando la Tienda? – Una Boleta de Calificaciones Sobre las Acciones de Cadenas de Tiendas Hacia la Eliminación de Sustancias Químicas Toxicas (Who’s Minding the Store? -- A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals), incluye, por primera vez, evaluaciones de diecinueve tiendas.
News Release, October 24, 2017
Newark, NJ — Senator Cory Booker was joined by Michele Roberts, National Co-Coordinator of the Environmental Justice Health Alliance (EJHA), to introduce a new legislation seeking to address some environmental injustices communities across the nation face. 'Environmental justice communities', often composed predominantly of people of color and the poor, suffer disproportionate levels of environmental pollution and its resulting health impacts.
News Release, October 19, 2017
Wilmington, DE — Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Environmental Justice Health Alliance, and local community organizations released a new analysis of public health and mapping information showing all of seven ‘environmental justice communities’ studied in the Wilmington area face substantially higher risk of developing cancers and respiratory illnesses linked to toxic pollution in or near their neighborhoods.
News Release, October 18, 2017
WASHINGTON – In a major victory for public health, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted today, 3-2, to ban several harmful phthalate chemicals from plastic used in children’s toys and child care articles.
The agency finalized its rule on phthalates today in response to a legal settlement approved by a judge in a lawsuit brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Environmental Justice Health Alliance (EJHA) and Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) against the CPSC last December. The final rule permanently bans five types of phthalates from use in children’s toys and child care articles.
News Release, August 30, 2017
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:
News Release, August 24, 2017
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.
News Release, June 15, 2017
Chesapeake, VA – Today, Dollar Tree executives did not commit to meeting with a coalition of Dollar Tree stock owners and customers, nor did they answer their concerns about high levels of hazardous chemicals found in some of the discount retailer's products. The Campaign for Healthier Solutions, a coalition of public health and community groups, attended the company's shareholder meeting to urge the discount chain to do more to reduce customer's exposure to toxic chemicals, especially in communities already overburdened by toxic chemical exposure, and to share what they are doing with the public.
News Release, April 18, 2017
[Washington, D.C.] – Recently, Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), further delayed important safety improvements for thousands of hazardous chemical facilities which pose an immediate threat to millions of Americans. Pruitt’s decision to delay improvements to the Risk Management Plan (RMP) program, which have been under consideration for over three years, included numerous opportunities for industry input, and over 150,000 public comments, is contrary to public expectations across party lines. This delay further endangers first-responders, chemical facility workers, and the 134 million Americans who live fence-line to 12,500 chemical facilities managed under the RMP program.
News Release, April 18, 2017
[San Diego, CA] – Yesterday, California district attorneys announced that a Kern County judge has ordered the Tennessee-based discount retailer Dollar General to pay $1.12 million in civil penalties for "routinely and systematically" violating the law by sending hazardous waste to local landfills. Representatives of the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, which works to address the public health impacts of toxic chemicals found in some dollar store products.
News Release, February 27, 2017
[Washington, D.C.] – Last week, the Environmental Justice Health Alliance (EJHA) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and other Congressional leaders urging them to block efforts to overturn improvements to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Risk Management Plan (RMP). The letter was signed by executives from 25 groups which focus on environmental justice issues, and included many organizations who work with or represent community members living in the disaster-zone of catastrophic explosions or dangerous chemical releases from facilities covered by EPA’s RMP.
News Release, December 1, 2016
Houston, TX – Hoy, cientos de expertos de la salud, doctores, investigadores y activistas llevaron a cabo manifestaciones y reuniones con los gerentes de tiendas en más de 65 tiendas de Dollar Tree en 26 estados a lo largo del país durante la época de compras para los días festivos. Coordinado por la Campaña para Soluciones Saludables, estos consumidores de tiendas de dólar trabajaron para educar a otros compradores e incrementar el conocimiento sobre las sustancias químicas toxicas encontradas en varios productos de venta en una de las cadenas de tiendas de dólar más grandes del país. A pesar de la escala de estas manifestaciones a nivel nacional, los organizadores de las protestas notaron que oficiales corporativos de Dollar Tree, hasta el momento, no han respondido a la campaña de manera formal.
News Release, December 1, 2016
Houston, TX – Today, hundreds of health experts, doctors, researchers and activists held demonstrations and store manager meetings at over 65 Dollar Tree store locations in 26 states across America during the busy holiday shopping season. Coordinated by the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, these dollar store shoppers worked to educate other customers and raise awareness about toxic chemicals found in numerous products sold at one of the nation’s largest dollar store chains. Despite the scale of this national demonstration, protest organizers noted that Dollar Tree corporate officials have so far failed to respond to the campaign in any formal way.
News Release, September 15, 2016
News Release, August 10, 2016
[Washington, DC] – Today, a coalition of consumers, concerned parents, health experts, business leaders, and scientists responded to Dollar Tree’s recently released 2016 ‘Sustainability Report’ expressing deep concern that the company has made no improvements or adopted new policies to identify and phase out toxic chemicals from products it sells since its last report in 2013. Public health advocates noted that a comparison of the product safety policy sections in Dollar Tree’s 2013 and 2016 Sustainability Reports are almost wordfor-word identical in language and content, with no new actions or policies listed since 2013. Observers are led to believe that one of the nation’s largest retail chains may not have taken any action to further protect the health and safety of its customers and employees now for several years. [Follow this link to read the full news release].
News Release, June 23, 2016
[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.”
News Release, May 27, 2016
Dallas, TX - Richard Moore, director of Albuquerque's Los Jardines Institute (The Gardens Institute) and national co-coordinator of the Environmental Justice Health Alliance, received Health Care Without Harm's highest distinction the 'Environmental Health Hero Award', at the national CleanMed conference held in Dallas, TX. The coalition of hospitals, medical professionals, health-affected constituencies, and others, chose to bestow its “highest honor” on Richard in front of over 700 conference attendees and in recognition of his “longstanding and tireless support for racial justice and environmental protection for low income people and people of color” and his “work with local healthcare clinics in supplying fresh organic produce to low-income patients.”
News Release, March 11, 2016
Health Experts, Scientists, and Concerned Parents Fly in from Across the Nation to Urge Discount Retail Chains 'Dollar Tree' and 'Family Dollar' to to Phase Out Lead, Phthalates, and Other Toxic Chemicals Found in its Products.
News Release, February 17, 2016
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settled a lawsuit brought by the Environmental Justice Health Alliance (EJHA) and its allies, and agreed to finally implement a 40-year old Congressional mandate to protect communities from industrial chemical spills. Environmental justice advocates, community leaders, and EJHA allies, including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and People Concerned About Chemical Safety (PCACS), celebrated the victory, and issued the following comments...
News Release, November 12, 2015
Goodlettsville, TN – Today, consumers and families concerned about toxic chemicals found in products sold by the discount retail chain 'Dollar General' held a demonstration and delivered 150,000 petition signatures urging the chain to take action and protect its customers. Corporate officials from Dollar General accepted the petition signatures, but would not respond to the campaign's request that they work with suppliers to phase-out toxic chemicals from their products or even to a meeting campaign representatives to discuss just and equitable corporate chemicals policies to protect their customers and their families.
News Release, July 22, 2015
(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.
Blog Post, June 18, 2015
Late last week, the EPA released it's highly anticipated draft assessment of how hydraulic fracturing impacts drinking water, and industry spokespeople immediately grabbed on to this quote: “hydraulic fracturing has not led to widespread systemic impacts on drinking water supplies”. While oil and gas companies were quick to trumpet their favorite part of the headline, it seems they quickly overlooked the important 'buts' that went with the statement.
Blog Post, June 12, 2015
A decade of pressure by parents, doctors, scientists, businesses and state governments has created momentum to finally fix the broken federal law governing chemicals used in commerce, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976, which has allowed thousands of hazardous and untested chemicals to be widely used in everyday consumer products.