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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State Legislatures Take the Lead on Turning off Tap on Toxic Chemicals

February 05, 2020

Gretchen Salter, 206-619-0973

At least 29 states will consider more than 180 policies to require companies to disclose what is in their products as well as limit exposures to toxic chemicals. These policies include bans on PFAS in food packaging and firefighting foam as well as bans on toxic flame retardants in electronics.

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House passes PFAS Action Act

January 14, 2020

Jamie Nolan, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Bill would provide initial steps to address the PFAS crisis

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NDAA conference report fails to include PFAS clean-up measures; will end military use of PFAS firefighting foam

December 10, 2019

Congress passed PFAS provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, but they fall short of the precedent set by states for protective policy.

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Federal Government Considers PFAS Protections

October 22, 2019

Drake Skaggs

Congress is considering provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act to protect citizens from toxic PFAS chemicals.

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