Common fire retardants killing firefighters UVic report says

by Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun, May 15, 2020 Flame retardants routinely added to common household products are killing firefighters, putting children and pregnant women at risk and contaminating the environment while not significantly improving safety, says a new report.Raising the Alarm: The Case for Better Flame Retardant Regulation in Canada was prepared by the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre for Local 730 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, which represents firefighters at the Victoria Fire Department. It surveyed…

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Burning flame retardants = bad!

That’s why Clean Water Action and the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow delivered 433 letters to Governor Charlie Baker on Feb 14, 2020.   Our message: Sign the Act to Protect Children, Families and Firefighters!  It’s time to ban toxic flame retardants! Over a year ago, Baker vetoed a bill to ban 11 toxic flame retardants from upholstered furniture,  children’s products, mattresses, carpeting, bedding, and window treatments. So, when the legislative session started up again, our champions Representative Decker and Cynthia…

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Toxic sludge from MWRA spreading PFAS throughout New England

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority has been selling its sludge for the past 30 years, piping biosolids to a Quincy wastewater treatment plant that dries out the slurry and packages it into bags of Bay State Fertilizer.  MWRA sells and donates this fertilizer to farms, golf courses, and other properties throughout New England. On December 1, 2019, The Boston Globe reported that MWRA tests, conducted last March, found PFAS chemicals at levels of 18,000 per trillion. PFAS chemicals are a…

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Toxic Hall of Shame

If you are sipping coffee at Starbucks, nibbling on McNuggets, or picking up a sweaters at Marshall’s, you are shopping at one of the retailers that earned an “F” in Mind the Store’s recently released 2019 Retailer Report Card. Fourteen brands earned this grade for their failure to make even the most basic commitments to removing toxic chemicals from their products and packaging.  This is the 4th year the Mind the Store has released its report card, which evaluates store…

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Minnesota firefighters don’t want toxic flame retardants

Minnesota firefighters don’t like toxic flame retardants any more than Massachusetts firefighters.   That’s why Minnesota firefighters are working with a Republican Senator Jeff Howe, a former fire-figther, to get toxic flame retardants out of children’s products. The arguments in Minnesota may sound familiar.  Firefighters say that flame retardants don’t slow the spread of fire.  They become more toxic when burned.  Read more here.  

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Simmons College Engages Students in Talks about Toxics

Simmons University Engages Students in Talks about Toxics MARCH 19, 2019 By Delaney Gagnon – Massachusetts Communications Intern Clean Water Action Share I’ve learned a lot about the dangers of exposure to toxic chemicals through flame retardants at Clean Water Action. They’re everywhere in our homes: in mattresses, furniture, even children’s toys. This is a really important issue to be aware of, but there is a real lack of awareness amongst my fellow college students. My school, Simmons University, offers a…

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