Connecticut

Climate and Energy Updates in Connecticut

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.

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

Make Sure Connecticut is a Leader on Climate Change

Connecticut used to be a leader on global warming. But state action has ground to a halt in recent years. Help us change that - take action today.

Hartford Parents Deliver Over 135,000 Petitions To Walgreens – Call On Retailer To Phase Out Toxic Chemicals In Products

Actions take place as retailer is in process of developing chemicals policy

Hartford, Connecticut – Today Connecticut health and environmental advocates delivered over 135,000 petitions to Walgreens signed by their customers from across the country, including over 1800 from Connecticut, calling on the retailer to adopt a comprehensive policy to phase out toxic chemicals in products like cosmetics, children’s and cleaning products.  Advocates have been calling on the retailer to tackle toxic chemicals in their products for nearly two years now, as part of the national Mind the Store campaign.  
    

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03/12/2015 - 12:35

At Least Twenty Eight States to Propose Toxics Policies in 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (February 9, 2015) —Safer States anticipates at least 28 states will propose policies in the next year to reduce exposures to untested and toxic chemicals in consumer products. These bills build on a decade of laws passed in 35 states to protect public health and the environment.

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02/09/2015 - 12:32

Lawmakers and Advocates Urge Ban of Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants From Products That Expose Children

Studies Show These Chemicals Don’t Provide Fire Safety Benefit and are Highly Toxic

Hartford, CT – Lawmakers and advocates gathered today to urge passage of a ban on toxic chlorinated tris flame retardants from children’s products.  Citing research that shows these chemicals do not provide any fire safety benefit, lawmakers pointed out that flame retardants, like chlorinated tris, are highly toxic, linked to cancer, impaired brain development, disruption of hormones and have no place in children’s products.  Certain fibers and barriers are non-toxic alternatives to these chemicals.

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03/26/2015 - 12:29

Stand Up for Connecticut's Kids!

You wouldn't buy your kids something that contained toxic chemicals on purpose, would you?

Of course not.

But here's the problem. A lot of the products that we use everyday contain toxic chemicals, but manufacturers don't tell us about it. No matter how careful you are, if you don't know what is in the products your buy for your kids, there is nothing you can do. That's why we need to pass HB 5653. This bill will list the most dangerous toxic chemicals present in children's products and recommend action to remove the worst of them! Tell your legislator to stand up for kids and support HB 5653 now!

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
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