By Cindy Luppi, New England Regional Director
Exciting news: state legislatures are starting to ramp up across the country…and a majority of them, at least 33, are considering bills to regulate toxic chemicals. Clean Water Action is leading the charge on this issue in California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. It’s inspiring to see momentum spreading nation-wide.
You might be asking “why the big push?” or “why now?” There are a number of factors coalescing to focus lawmakers on this issue like never before. One huge reason is large retailers like Target and Walmart are setting new standards that will ultimately block products containing some of the worst toxic chemicals from their shelves. These new policies are rippling out across the industry and are helping to change the status quo. Most importantly, they send a message that safer products are feasible – and the innovation economy is taking note. Companies like Proctor & Gamble have announced phase-outs for bad actor chemicals like triclosan, phthalates and phosphates. Others are following suit, creating a demand for new policies that include incentives and support for the forward-looking companies making these strides. Read the rest of this entry »