This legislative session, the Coalition was thrilled to support two bills that will safeguard our environment and the health of Connecticut residents - a strong law banning plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products, and enhanced notification prior to a pesticide application on school grounds, along with restrictions on the use of pesticides on municipal playgrounds.
This is huge!
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New England Wants Clean Energy Now!
New England Wants Clean Energy Now
Communities across New England are fighting for clean energy. Despite a utility-backed push to expand gas pipelines and suppress solar power, states are making progress and building powerful coalitions to fight for a low-carbon, economically just future. Read more
Interns Make Our World Go Round!
Clean Water Action’s internship program provides a great opportunity for young people to learn the skills of environmental organizing while making meaningful change. Here we’ve shared interviews with Ayanna Hampton and Rachel Fricke who joined the Clean Water Action Massachusetts team for their winter/spring semester and a profile of Nicole Harrison from the Rhode Island team. Thank you Ayanna, Rachel and Nicole! Read More
The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT continues to work with our national colleagues on the Mind the Store campaign. We identified the top 10 retailers and are urging them to move away from using toxic chemicals in their products. Over the past months, we’ve had several major successes:
We have a chance to recover our momentum on Connecticut's fight against climate change pollution. The Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs are convening a meeting on kick-starting the climate plan.
The big news: Governor Malloy has committed to be there in person! He will also be joined by Keri Enright-Kato, new Director of the Office of Climate Change at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
This is the best chance we've had in years for real climate action.
We were very disappointed that Senate Bill 126 did not get called for a vote during this short legislative session; however, we are so proud of all the accomplishments we achieved together! Here is a list of some of the highlights:
Hartford - Today the Obama administration released its long awaited Clean Water Rule. The rule closes loopholes that have left the drinking water sources for nearly 2 in 3 Connecticut residents at risk of pollution and destruction. Today's release of the Clean Water Rule is the culmination of more than 12 years of advocacy by Clean Water Action, its members, and its allies.
Clean Water Action's Connecticut Director, Anne Hulick, released this statement:
Can you believe that lawmakers in Connecticut are considering a bill that will actually increase the amount of cadmium allowed in children’s jewelry? This is outrageous! Cadmium is a heavy metal, like lead. It is a known human carcinogen.
(Hartford, CT) Matching a commitment from The Home Depot to eliminate phthalates in flooring by the end of the year, Lowe’s has become the latest retailer to pledge to eliminate the toxic chemicals, according to Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. The retailer made the commitment following a recent report, which found that 48 percent of Lowe’s flooring samples tested contained toxic phthalates. Lowe’s is the second largest home improvement retailer in the country. The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT has also urged Lowe’s to match The Home Depot commitment.