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February 8, 2016

New report shows that 63 million Americans are endangered by chlorine bleach plants despite availability of safer alternatives.

New report shows that 63 million Americans are endangered by chlorine bleach plants despite availability of safer alternatives.

February 8, 2016

Farmworkers endangered by lax pesticide safety enforcement.

February 8, 2016

Science for Sale: how industry-funded research undercuts health protections.

January 25, 2016

Important new CNN OpEd on race, poverty, and chemical disasters co-authored by Coming Clean Board Member and Environmental Justice Health Alliance Co-Coordinator Richard Moore.

October 24, 2015

EJHA Delaware Forum on Safer Chemcials and Processes Draws a Big Crowd

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.

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News Release, March 28, 2018

Educational Video Highlights Toxic Chemicals Found in Microwave Popcorn

Albuquerque, NM—Today, health experts and community leaders held a press conference to release a new educational video drawing attention to children's health risks from toxic chemicals in microwave popcorn. The fun and engaging video also shows viewers how to make safer microwave popcorn using nontoxic household ingredients. The video was released after independent lab testing found per/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in 100% of microwave popcorn samples purchased from dollar stores.

News Release, March 28, 2018

Educativo Video Destaca las Sustancias Químicas Toxicas Encontradas en Palomitas para Microondas

Albuquerque, NM—Hoy, expertos en el área de la salud y líderes comunitarios convocaron una conferencia de prensa para difundir un nuevo video educativo atrayendo atención a los riesgos a la salud de los niños debido a las sustancias químicas toxicas presentes en palomitas para microondas. El divertido y entretenido video demuestra cómo preparar palomitas para microondas más seguras utilizando ingredientes caseros no tóxicos. Se difundió el video después de que estudios de laboratorios independientes encontraron sustancias per/polifluoroalquilo (PFAS) en 100% de las muestras de palomitas para microondas compradas en tiendas de dólar.

News Release, December 14, 2017

Communities to be Harmed by EPA Budget Cuts Ask Congress for Protection

Washington, D.C.— As Congress continues its consideration of the Trump Administration’s proposal to slash funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a coalition of community environmental justice and health groups issued a volley of letters urging appropriators to maintain funding for vital health and safety programs. The letters, sent from communities across the nation who are dealing with disproportionate levels of environmental pollution, detail how EPA programs—especially Environmental Justice program and grants designed to support the most impacted communities—have improved public health and provided economic benefits in their neighborhoods, and how starving these efforts may put people directly in harm’s way.

News Release, December 5, 2017

Shoppers, Parents and Health Experts Visit 80+ Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Locations Asking for Toxic Chemical Safety this Holiday Season

San Diego, CA—During the busy holiday shopping season, concerned customers and activists alerted dollar store visitors to dangerous chemicals found in some products.  Activists then met with store managers at over 80 Dollar Tree and Family Dollar store locations in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Canada to ask for transparent and more protective chemical safety policies.  

News Release, December 5, 2017

Visitan más de 80 Tiendas de Dollar Tree y Family Dollar Compradores, Padres de Familia y Especialistas en Asuntos de la Salud para Solicitar Seguridad de Sustancias Químicas Toxicas esta Temporada de Fiestas

San Diego, CA— Durante la temporada alta de compras por los días festivos, consumidores preocupados y activistas dieron a conocer información a los visitantes de las tiendas sobre las sustancias químicas peligrosas encontradas en algunas de los productos de venta en las tiendas de dólar. Después, activistas llevaron a cabo reuniones con los gerentes de más de 80 tiendas de Dollar Tree y Family Dollar en 20 estados, Washington, D.C., y Canadá, para solicitar políticas de seguridad química más transparentes y protectoras.

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

Victoria para la Salud del Consumidor: Siete Cadenas Grandes de Tiendas Se Comprometen a Reducir el Uso de Sustancias Químicas Toxicas en Productos y sus Empaquetados

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

The Environmental Justice Health Alliance Commends Senator Booker's New Bill to Address Environmental Injustices

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 ‘Environmental Justice Communities’ Suffer Disproportionate Health Risks from Multiple, Overlapping Toxic Exposures

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

Consumer Agency to Ban Harmful Chemicals in Children’s Toys

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

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:

News Release, 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.

News Release, June 15, 2017

Dollar Tree Customers Confront Executives At Shareholder Meeting Asking For Nontoxic Products - But Receive No Answers

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

EPA Administrator Pruitt Delays Safety Measures, Puts Workers and Fence-line Communities in Further Danger of Chemical Disasters

[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

Public Health Campaign Says Dollar General's Illegal Hazardous Waste Treatment is Another Example of Careless Corporate Behavior Endangering Communities

[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

25 EJ Groups Urge Congress: Don't Meddle with Chemical Plant Safety Improvements

[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

Consumidores y Grupos de Salud Llevan a Cabo Más de 65 Reuniones con Gerentes de Tiendas y Manifestaciones Contra Sustancias Químicas Toxicas Encontradas en Productos de Dollar Tree

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

Shoppers and Health Groups Hold Over 65 Store Manager Meetings and Demonstrations Against Toxic Chemicals Found in Dollar Tree Products

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

Campaign Meets With EPA, FDA Seeking Protection From Toxics Found in Products Sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar General, 99 Cents Only

[Washington, DC] – On Tuesday, August 16th, the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, the American Sustainable Business Council, and the Learning Disabilities Association of America met with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to press for action on toxic chemicals found in products purchased from the nation’s largest discount retail chains (commonly known as ‘dollar stores’).  


News Release, August 10, 2016

Dollar Tree Offers ‘Copy and Paste’ Sustainability Report, Shows No Progress on Chemical Safety

[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

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.”

News Release, May 27, 2016

Albuquerque Grassroots Leader Richard Moore Receives Top Honor From National Health Care Association

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

Protestors Deliver more than 150,000 Petition Signatures to Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Highlighting Dangerous Chemicals Found In Toys and Other Products

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

Environmental Justice Advocates Celebrate Victory as Lawsuit Settlement Directs EPA to Protect Communities from Chemical Spills

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

Campaign Delivers 150,000 Petition Signatures to Dollar General Calling for Nontoxic Products, But Executives Will Not Commit to Protecting Their Customers by Taking Toxics Off Their Shelves

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.