toxic chemicals

Small retailers don’t want to make customers sick

California wants consumers to know that a chemical used in some kids products are known carcinogens. Toxic chemical diisononyl phthalate (DINP), manufactured by Exxon Mobil and other petrochemical companies, is being added to the California list of chemicals known to cause cancer, known as Proposition 65. The California Office of…

Title: Dangers lurking in products for children

For everybody buying presents for children this holiday season, beware of toxic chemicals in child products. The state of Washington has a law requiring manufacturers to disclose toxic chemicals in these child products sold in their state. 66 hazardous chemicals have been identified. Now if we could only get our…

Workgroup for Safe Markets launches new website

My friends at the Workgroup for Safe Markets have launched a new website that you might find interesting.  Go to http://www.safemarkets.org/.   The Workgroup for Safe Markets is a US-based collaborative of groups united by a common concern about hazardous chemicals in our homes, our bodies and our environment; and…

And we say we love our children

You probably wonder why the rate of childhood diseases like autism are at all-time highs.  Same thing for cases of Attention Deficit Disorder.   The answer might be right on store shelves. The Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer Statesreport that children’s products are loaded with toxic chemicals like mercury, arsenic and…

Reform the Toxic Substance Control Act

Reforming the federal Toxic Substance Control Act is widely supported by small business owners across the country.  That was one of the conclusions of a poll released in late 2012.  My opinion editorial in The Hill gives more of the results of that poll. ———————————————————————————— The New York Times  April…

Don’t tie the hands of Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Hill’s Congress Blog  By Frank Knapp, Jr. We have heard an ongoing cry from organizations claiming to represent all businesses that they oppose any government action on toxic chemicals in our products, warning of increased costs and job losses. Now, a new independent poll shows that when it comes…

Toxic Chemical Reform Good for Business – New Poll

91% of Small Businesses Want Chemical Industry Held Responsible for Safe Chemicals in Marketplace  http://asbcouncil.org/toxic-chemicals-poll Washington, DC – American small business owners want the chemical industry to be held responsible for toxic chemicals in the marketplace, according to a new poll commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC). Small…

National Poll Shows Bipartisan Support For Stronger Protections From Toxic Chemicals

WASHINGTON, DC (July 19, 2012) – A nationwide poll and four separate, statewide polls found similar strong support for bolstering protections against toxic chemicals. By overwhelming bipartisan margins, Americans support strengthening the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), according to new polls released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC),…