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.

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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

CT Children’s Committee Holds Public Hearing On Bills To Protect Kids From Toxic Chemical Exposure

HARTFORD –State Representative Diana Urban (D-Stonington) and Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT Coordinator Anne Hulick RN, MSN, JD together held a press conference today to draw attention to legislation before the General Assembly aimed at protecting children from the numerous illnesses and disorders that have been associated with toxic chemical exposure.  Joined by many lawmakers, health and advocacy organizations and members of the public, Urban and Hulick outlined the bills and urged support.

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03/06/2014 - 07:18

Public Health Committee Approves Bill To Protect Kids From Toxic Chemicals

HARTFORD – Members of the Public Health Committee today approved a bill designed to protect Connecticut children from toxic chemicals in consumer products. Senate Bill 126 would authorize the CT Department of Public Health to monitor chemicals that are toxic to children’s health and development and make suggestions on how to reduce exposure to the most egregious of these chemicals in the form of a report to lawmakers every two years.  The bill now goes to the Senate Floor for consideration.
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03/10/2014 - 07:13

Coalition seeks to end toxicity in children’s products

Since 2007, the members of the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut have been working tirelessly to raise awareness of dangerous chemicals in products used by children. The last of these informational meetings before the bills would be voted on in committee in the state House and Senate was presented at the Stafford Public Library on April 7 by Susan Eastwood, the group’s communications director. The event was sponsored by the Stafford Grange and featured the showing of a short film called “Contaminated without Consent.”
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The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut - April 2014 Newsletter

Join the CT Campaign for Toxic Free Kids!

The Coalition has been extremely busy working on bills to protect children’s health!  We are thrilled that we have two similar bills moving forward during this short legislative session.  Both bills will set up a framework in the state in which the DPH will identify chemicals that pose an exposure hazard to a developing fetus and young children and make recommendations for action to the Legislature every two years! 

Time for Toxics Free Kids - A Legislative Session Update

We are in the middle of a very tough legislative session, fighting hard for bills to protect kids from toxic chemicals and to make solar accessible for more homeowners in Connecticut. But we are fighting well-paid industry lobbyists who knock on the doors of your legislators every day!

Please take action to support our priority bills!

Get Together for a Clean Energy Future - Legislative Session Updates

Shared solar

Solar power is booming in Connecticut, at least for the estimated 20% who own homes with unshaded south-facing roofs. What about the rest of us?

In states including neighboring Massachusetts, shared clean energy laws allow anyone to share in ownership of a clean energy facility and receive full credit on their utility bill for their portion of the clean energy produced. Clean Water Action worked with solar advocates to advance legislation to bring this smart policy to Connecticut. Community clean energy leaders helped rally more than 25 articulate citizens to testify and submit testimony in support.

Canvass Director and Assistant Canvass Director Positions Now Available

Clean Water Action is the nation’s largest grassroots group focused on water, energy and environmental health.  Clean Water Action’s 1 million members participate in Clean Water Action’s programs for clean, water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, and creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses.  Clean Water Action’s nonpartisan campaigns empower people to make democracy work.

Protect Kids from Toxic Chemicals - Take Action

We need your help to protect kids from toxic chemicals!  You can help make sure our bill to identify chemicals of concern to children passes this session. Please call and email your legislators today!

Take action now!

We're running out of time to pass this vital bill. The Chemical and Toy industries spent a lot of money to oppose a common sense bill to identify chemicals of concern to children and a similar bill died in the House. The good news is that Senate Bill 126 can still move forward and become law – but only if both your legislators hear from you – even if you’ve contacted them before – send a message now!

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