Press Coverage

Check out the latest news coverage.  Stories are in reverse chronological order, under the headings:

  • PFAS News
  • Flame Retardant News
  • Mind the Store
  • News @ Other Toxics


Letters to editor: “Our water is contaminated, where is the will to do something about it?” The Boston Globe, May 27, 2021

David Abel, “More communities are finding toxic chemicals in their drinking water,” The Boston Globe, May 23, 2021

Letters to Editor, “State’s mosquito spray poses a threat,” The Boston Globe, Dec 8, 2020

David Abel, “Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in pesticide used on millions of Mass. acres when spraying for mosquitoes,” The Boston Globe, Dec 1, 2020

David Abel, “State regulators issue new restrictions on ‘forever chemicals'” The Boston Globe, September 24, 2020

“Scientists Pin Blame for Some Coronavirus Deaths on Air Pollution, PFAS and other chemicals,” The Intercept, June 26, 2020

“Massachusetts sets new limits on toxic PFAS chemicals,” WBUR, December 19, 2019

“Forever chemicals are found in MWRA water, drawing alarm,” The Boston Globe, December 1, 2019

Letter to Editor: “We can’t focus just on tainted water–we have to stop using ‘forever chemicals’,”The Boston Globe, Nov 14, 2019

“What are PFAS chemicals and should I be freaking out about them?” WBUR, Nov 8, 2019

“Lowell wastewater facility will no longer accept PFAS-contaminated runoff from N.H. landfill,” WBUR, Nov. 8, 2019

“Lowell water treatment plant to stop accepting toxic water from N.H. landfill, The Boston Globe, Nov 7, 2019

“Toxic chemicals can be dumped into the Merrimack River, federal and state officials say,” The Boston Globe, November 5, 2019

“Toxic chemicals found in blades of artificial turf,” The Boston Globe, Oct 9, 2019

Letter to Editor: “Schools’ contaminated water signals and unfolding health crisis,” The Boston Globe, Sept 16, 2019

“‘Forever Chemicals’ now found in state schools,” The Boston Globe, Sept 9, 2019

“Baker seeking big outlay to address water contaminant,” The Boston Globe, Sept 6, 2019

“Attorneys general urge Congress to act on ‘forever chemicals'” The Boston Globe, July 30, 2019

“Tainted bottled water is sold in supermarkets throughout New England,” The Boston Globe, July 29, 2019

Toxic Chemicals Threaten Water Supply in Seven Municipalities, The Boston Globe, March 6, 2019

“Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals in Drinking Water Leave Military Families Reeling,” The New York Times, Feb 22, 2019

Flame Retardant News

Paul Tuthill, “New Massachusetts Law Bans Certain Chemical Flame Retardants,” WAMC, Feb 4, 2021

“Massachusetts passes flame-retardant limitation bill: a massive step forward in protecting our residents and first responders,” The Boston Herald, Jan 2, 2021

Michael P. Norton, “New Massachusetts Law Bans List of Chemical Flame Retardants in Products,” NBC Boston, Jan 2, 2021

“Fallen Firefighter’s Story Highlights Chemical Fears,” Commonwealth Magazine, April 26, 2019

“Firefighters lead push for MA Chemicals Ban,” Firehouse, Jan 9 , 2019

“Breast cancer coalition urges banning toxic flame retardants, ” Barnstable Patriot, Jan 9, 2019

Mass Push to Ban Flame Retardants Welcomed,” The Boston Globe, Jan 8, 2019

“Push for Flame Retardant Bill Countered by Industry Call for Veto,” Mass Live, Jan 8, 2019

“Lawmakers Call on Governor Baker to Sign Bill Banning Several Flame Retardant Chemicals,” Channel 22 WWLP, Jan 8, 2019 (updated Jan 11, 2019)

“Firefighters Lead Push to Ban Carcinogenic Chemicals,”  Boston Herald, Jan 9, 2019

“Flame Retardant Bill Awaits Baker’s Signature, Gloucester Times, January 5, 2019

“Firefighters, child health advocates applaud bill to ban potentially toxic flame retardants, ” The Boston Globe, Jan 4, 2019

“Mass Lawmakers Sign off on Ban of Certain Flame Retardants Used in Furniture,” Fox 25 News, Jan 3, 2019

“Mass Lawmakers Okay Ban on Chemicals Deemed Toxic,” WHDH TV Channel 7 , Jan 2, 2019

“Lawmakers Ok Ban on Chemical Flame Retardants, Deemed Toxic,” US News and World Report, Jan 2, 2019

“Senator L’Italien Says Goodbye with a Legislative Wish List,” Andover Townsman, Dec 27, 2018

“Departing Senators Pepper Goodbyes with Final Requests,” Newburyport Daily News, Dec 24, 2019

Mind the Store

Susan Baker, Elizabeth Saunders, Mike Schade, and Kayla Willians, “TJX announces new restrictions on toxic chemicals as part of new chemicals strategy,” Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, Feb 2, 2021

“44% of TJX shareholders vote “to establish a path to reduce its chemical footprint,” Metrowest Daily News, Jun 15, 2020

“TJX and other chain stores accused of lax chemical safety,” Metrowest Daily News,  Nov 19 2019

“TJX has a ways to go on toxic products,” Metrowest Daily News, June 10, 2019

“Activists to Crash Share Holders meeting at Framingham-based TJX”, Metrowest Daily News, June 3, 2019

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