Connecticut

The CSHC January-February 2015 Newsletter

Mind the StoreWe’ve been busy!  We’re working on a 3 major initiatives to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals and protect health!

Pushing the Market—and winning!
  We’ve teamed up with our national partners to urge the top 10 major retailers to “Mind the Store” by working with their suppliers to move away from using toxic chemicals in products they sell.  These retailers include Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway, Lowes and Ashley Furniture.  As a result of our work, Walmart and Target have indicated that they are moving in this direction! And on Friday, January 23rd, Ashley Furniture, the largest manufacturer and retailer of furniture in the country, announced that it would move away from using toxic chemical flame retardants in their products!   

The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut - June 2014 Newsletter

Legislative Session Wrap-Up

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: 

  • Formally launched the CT Campaign for Toxic Free Kids along with a website and Facebook page
  • Had broad support of our bill from the Department of Public Health and 47 legislative co-sponsors
  • Conducted dozens of presentations and community forums across the state
  • Two legislative committees took the lead in introducing our bill
  • Had two positive meetings with Governor Malloy’s staff to garner support
  • Had numerous opinion pieces and letters to the editor in newspapers around the state
  • Partnered with the owner of Brown Saddle Films, film producer Ed Brown and business leaders in Greenwich to screen “Unacceptable Levels” and discuss our legislative work
  • Hosted an amazing Rally at the Capitol with numerous Coalition partners, legislative champions, activists and former UCONN men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun urging support of our bill to protect children’s health.
  • Delivered petitions with thousands of signatures to Governor Malloy urging him to support our bill

Lets Lower and Cap Unfair Electric Charges!

You should be able to control how much you pay for electricity by controlling how much electricity you use. Unfortunately no matter how much you reduce your energy use, you still have to pay huge fees just to get electricity. In fact, Connecticut residents pay the highest fixed costs in New England.


You can start to change that today - take action and tell your legislators to support SB 570 to cap fixed charges at $10 per month for households!

Major Furniture Retailer Announces Phase Out of Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals

Advocates Urge Other Leading Retailers to Adopt Timelines and Policies to Eliminate Harmful Chemicals

Hartford, CT – The nation’s largest furniture retailer and manufacturer, Ashley Furniture, announced that, due to increasing consumer demand and a change in California’s flammability standard, they will be moving away from using toxic chemical flame retardants in their furniture.

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01/28/2015 - 19:18

New England Currents - Fall 2014

New England Currents

Fall 2014 Edition 

The Underground Battle for Climate and Communities

Hundreds from across Massachusetts and New Hampshire rallied this summer on the Boston Common to protest an ill-conceived proposal for gas expansion through New England. This pipeline, the latest project of Texan billionaire Richard Kinder, would ship a massive quantity of gas — fracked straight from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale — through wetlands and watersheds, conservation lands, fruit orchards and private residential properties.

Public outcry, community organizing, and legal and political advocacy have made this a front-burner issue. “It’s time to set the record straight about the role of gas in our energy future,” says Clean Water Action’s Joel Wool. When you look carefully, Wool says, gas is neither cheap, homegrown nor reliable: Read more 

Protecting Hartford’s Drinking Water: City Council Passes Resolution Supporting EPA Rule

HARTFORD - Tuesday night, the Hartford City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to clarify protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks Councilwoman Cynthia Jennings for introducing the resolution and for her continued leadership on environmental issues.
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10/15/2014 - 07:13

Thousands of Letters Delivered to EPA Leader on Banks of Connecticut River

Advocates Call For Stronger Protections for Local Rivers, Streams, and Wetlands

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09/29/2014 - 10:49

New England Currents I Summer 2014

New England Currents

Summer 2014 Edition 

A Letter From Your Drinking Water 

Dear New Englanders -

Here I am on my journey towards the Boston area, leaving the Quabbin Reservoir, on my way to your tap. Did you know that I save you millions of dollars with my well-buffered source water so pollution clean-up costs don't have to be added to your drinking water bill? (Don't worry, I get disinfected like all public drinking water supplies before you drink me, but cleanup needs are minimal because my sources are protected!)

My situation in New England, however, is a special one. Did you know that up until just last month, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections that were weakened under the Bush Administration, drinking water for 8.8 million New Englanders was at risk of being polluted... legally?

Group: Ban chemicals, protect kids

HARTFORD -- A coalition of lawmakers and child advocates said Tuesday toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases must be banned from children's products and canned goods.
"A decade ago, I pretty much poisoned my kids on a daily basis with their car seats and jewelry that they put in their mouths," said state Rep. Kim Fawcett, D-Fairfield. "I never knew that the federal government would allow these products to be exposed to my children."

Fawcett joined a group of legislators and advocates to urge the General Assembly to support a trio of bills designed to remove harmful chemicals from food and children's products, or at least let parents know the substances are there.

Published Date: 
03/06/2014

Children’s Committee Approves Bills To Protect Kids From Toxic Chemicals

Urban says, “Children’s health is of prime importance”


HARTFORD – Members of the Legislature’s Children’s Committee today approved a group of four bills designed to protect Connecticut children from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals exposure. All four bills now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.

“As we gain information on the negative impacts of toxic chemicals on our growing children, it is imperative that we protect them,” said Representative Diana Urban (D-Stonington), House Chair of the Children’s Committee. “These bills send a message that children's health is of prime importance in Connecticut and we are committed to the well-being of every child.”
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03/11/2014 - 07:27
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