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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Advocacy Impact: a look at victories from three states

October 20, 2020

Eduardo Valenzuela

Welcome back to our celebration of the victories and momentum on toxic chemicals this year! Today we are highlighting important advocacy work from four states—California, New York, Minnesota and Washington—that is making a positive impact on the health and resilience of their communities. Their work pushed companies to move away from the most toxic chemicals and, in some cases, to also disclose information on whether or not certain toxic chemicals are in their products.

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Guest Post: Mama Love -- a Powerful Force of Nature

September 18, 2020

Cindy Luppi

If you're like me,  you are watching more cute animal videos during the pandemic than ever before. A lot of my favorites include animal mamas and babies, especially when mamas take heroic steps to keep their babies safe.

That is what I see playing out on a larger scale in the Town of Saugus, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. Saugus holds the distinction of hosting the oldest trash burner in the United States, operated by Wheelabrator. Simply put, Saugus contends with pollution from the stacks of this dinosaur as well as the toxic ash which is landfilled in a critical marsh area right next to the incinerator.

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Breaking Down Success: how state policies need to look at toxic chemicals to keep us safe

August 11, 2020

Drake Skaggs

In 2020 many states moved to address and regulate chemicals by class, rather than one at a time. Previous regulations that ban individual chemicals can be dodged by the chemical industry, as they move a molecule or two to create “new” chemicals with similar toxicities but not subject to regulation. 

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2020 Victories Against Toxic Chemicals

July 20, 2020

Drake Skaggs

This year’s state-level victories around protecting us from toxic chemical exposures reflect a bold vision for a future where communities are healthy, resilient, and not harmed by toxic chemicals; where harmful chemicals are banned in the marketplace; where companies that have caused the harm are held accountable; and where polluted communities are cleaned up. 

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Environmental Justice Series: Viola (“Vi”) Waghiyi

May 12, 2020

Environmental Health and Justice Program Director; Alaska Community Action on Toxics

Safer States believes that issues of environmental, economic and racial justice intersect at their core, and require combined solutions to get at root causes of these critical problems. 

Featured this month in our spotlight justice series:  excerpts from an interview with Vi Waghiyi of Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT)

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10 Documentaries to Stream for Earth Day

April 22, 2020

Drake Skaggs

Check out our list of 10 documentaries to watch this Earth Day!

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Eight reasons to actually celebrate on National Teflon Day

April 06, 2020

Beth Kemler

Although the Trump administration has fallen down on the job of protecting us from PFAS, public health advocates have worked alongside Congress, states, cities, and retailers to pick up the baton and run with it. And we’re making good progress! So here are your eight reasons to SMILE on National Teflon Day.


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Guest Blog: North Carolina Calls for PFAS Action

April 01, 2020

Mark Ruffalo joined community members, advocates and decision makers on the ‘Why We Fight’ tour to call for swift and significant action on PFAS pollution in North Carolina.

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Guest Statement: Maryland General Assembly Passes Family and Firefighter Protection Act

March 24, 2020

Maryland PIRG

Maryland General Assembly passed a bill to restrict the use of chemical flame retardants in furniture, children’s products and mattresses.

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