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The Environmental Health Strategy Center’s partner 501(c)(4) organization, Prevent Harm, provides opportunities to get involved and make your voice heard. Please join us by taking action today. 

Get Cancer off the Couch

Get Cancer off the Couch

Sun, 2015-02-01
Couches and other pieces of upholstered furniture across the U.S. contain high levels of toxic flame retardant chemicals. These chemicals aren't just in our living rooms. They're also found in our children's rooms.
Children are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of these chemicals because they have a completely different physiology and metabolism than adults. Firefighters are exposed to a variety of toxic chemicals, including flame retardant chemicals. When a house is burning, the chemicals used to make our household products are released and create high rates of exposure.
 
Tell Congress that it's time to take action to get cancer risks out of our living rooms and playrooms. Urge your senator to support the Children and Firefighters Protection Act when it is re-introduced in early 2015!
Safe Drinking Water

Maine Legislature's Action Needed to Support Safe Drinking Water

Tue, 2016-06-14
In Maine, one out of every eight residential drinking water wells is contaminated with arsenic that is above the federal safe drinking water threshold. An estimated 150,000 Mainers are drinking unsafe water from wells that are not subject to any safe-drinking-water laws. This is serious: arsenic is a cancer-causing chemical that also contributes to lowered IQ in school-aged children, yet half of Maine's residents don't test their well water for arsenic.
 
During the 128th Maine Legislature (December 2016-April 2018), we'll work with legislators on both sides of the aisle for legislation that will increase residential well-water testing as well as access to water treatment that makes it safe to drink. In the past, a bipartisan-led effort in the Maine Legislature has proven there is support for this kind of action.
 
Please keep in touch with us to learn more about this work. E-mail action [at] preventharm.org.
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Tell the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that Toxic Phthalates Don't Belong in Food

Fri, 2016-06-24

Here’s an unappetizing fact: that barbecued chicken or bowl of ice cream you’re eating this 4th of July could be loaded with toxic chemicals called phthalates.

Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are a class of hormone-disrupting chemicals that have been linked to severe genital birth defects in baby boys and other reproductive health problems. They’re also linked to learning disabilities, asthma and allergies. 

Click here to tell the US FDA that phthalates don't belong in our food!

Phthalates are showing up in food all the time - especially in foods high in fat, including dairy, meats, and oils. In fact, food is the number one source of childhood exposure to phthalates, and a recent study shows that eating fast food can increase levels of phthalates in our bodies by 40%!

Why are phthalates in food? Phthalates are added to many of the materials that come into contact with our food, from the plastic gloves that food workers wear, to plastic equipment used in the processing of food, and finally, the packaging our food is sold in. Phthalates easily leach out from these materials into our food, ending up in all of our bodies.  

Time is running out to tell the US FDA to Stop Allowing Phthalates as Food Additives!

Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence showing harmful health effects, the FDA still allows the use of 30 different toxic phthalates for use as “food additives,” meaning that they can be used in food handling equipment and packaging. Recently, several organizations submitted a petition to the FDA asking it to stop allowing these phthalates to be used as food additives. If successful, the petition could lead to a new rule making it illegal to sell phthalate-contaminated food, which would be a big victory for our health and environment.

Members of the public only have until mid-July to submit public comments in favor of this petition. Click here to write a comment now, and we’ll deliver it to the FDA for you before the upcoming deadline!