Vermont Governor Signs First-in-Nation Restrictions on Toxic PFAS Chemicals

May 19, 2021

PRESS STATEMENT

PORTLAND, O.R.—Today, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed into law a nation-leading bill that restricts the sale of consumer products that contain toxic chemicals known as PFAS. The bill bans PFAS chemicals from firefighting foam, food packaging, ski wax, and carpets, rugs, and stain-resistant treatments.

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As Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Imperil Human Reproduction, States are Leading the Way Out

April 21, 2021

Renee Sharp

The new book “Count Down” by environmental and reproductive epidemiologist Shanna Swan crystallizes just how dangerous endocrine disrupting chemicals, such as phthalates and bisphenols, are to human reproductive health – and even pose a threat to the potential survival of the human species. States have been leading the charge to combat these harmful chemicals.

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How the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act can help get toxic chemicals out of our products and communities

April 02, 2021

Renee Sharp

Last Thursday’s introduction of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (BFFPPA) by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) represents an ambitious attempt to address our plastic pollution crisis. Since so many toxic chemicals are plastic additives, reducing plastics can also reduce toxic chemical use and exposure.

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New study finds nearly 70% of companies surveyed have improved toxic chemical safety programs

March 30, 2021

Press Release

A new report released today by the Mind the Store campaign finds significant chemical policy improvement with nearly 70% of companies surveyed having better chemical safety programs now compared to their first evaluation dating as far back as 2016. 

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Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act Includes Toxics Provisions

March 24, 2021

Eduardo Valenzuela

Today, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) will join environmental advocates to discuss the reintroduction of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (BFFPPA). In response, Safer States strategic advisor Renée Sharp issued the following statement.

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New analysis finds at least 27 states will consider toxic chemical policies in 2021

February 03, 2021

Press Release

Safer States today released its annual analysis of anticipated state-level policies on toxic chemical regulation, finding that at least 27 states will consider policies in 2021. Safer States anticipates that at least 180 bills will be under consideration in 2021 and efforts to combat toxic PFAS chemicals will continue to be the most prevalent issue.

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2021 Analysis of Upcoming State Legislation on Toxic Chemicals

February 03, 2021

Sarah Doll

Safer States analyzed anticipated state-level policies on toxic chemical regulation, finding that at least 27 states will consider policies in 2021. Safer States anticipates that at least 180 bills will be under consideration in 2021 and efforts to combat toxic PFAS chemicals will continue to be the most prevalent issue.

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McDonald’s announces global ban of toxic chemicals in food packaging

January 13, 2021

International fast-food giant McDonald’s today announced a new global sustainable packaging commitment, banning the class of toxic chemicals per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from guest packaging materials.

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PFAS, Covid-19, and the Immune System: a new science review

December 09, 2020

By Eduardo Valenzuela

Scientists don’t understand all of the reasons why some individuals get Covid-19 and experience few or no symptoms while others fall gravely ill or die from the disease. One outstanding question is whether exposure to chemicals, such as PFAS, that can harm the immune system could be playing a role.

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Protecting communities from toxic PFAS

November 12, 2020

Eduardo Valenzuela

While Safer States primarily focuses on stopping the use of toxic chemicals, another key aspect of our mission is to support the clean up of communities that have been impacted by toxic pollution. We are happy to report that we have seen many victories this year in this fight!

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