[Pictured left to right: Alex Papali, Clean Water Action; Attorney General Martha Coakley; Erica Mattison, ELM Action Fund]
BOSTON – Environmental advocates, labor leaders and electrical workers today rallied with Democratic candidate for Attorney General Maura Healey, saying voters have a clear choice on these important issues and naming Healey as the candidate who will side with the people as a 21st Century ratepayer advocate.
A new study by HealthyStuff.org found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and even “trick or treat” bags. Dangerous chemicals like phthalates, flame retardants, vinyl (PVC) plastic, lead and even lead.
An Act for Healthy Families and Businesses, pending before the Massachusetts Legislature, will create a program to replace toxic chemicals in consumer products with safer alternatives wherever feasible. It builds upon the successful Toxics Use Reduction Act program, which has worked with businesses who use large volumes of hazardous chemicals for over 20 years to reduce their use and release of pollutants.
In Massachusetts, Clean Water Action is a founding member of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow (AHT), a coalition of citizens, scientists, health professionals, workers, and educators seeking preventive action on toxic hazards. Our goal is to correct fundamental flaws in government policies that allow harm to our health and environment.
A starting definition of sustainable infrastructure includes systems that use, treat, store, and reuse water efficiently at a small scale andthat blend designs into restorative water hydrologies. These would include rain gardens and green roofs, water-efficient appliances and landscaping, decentralized wastewater systems, digestors to recover energy and nutrients from wastewater, and others that conserve resourcesand restore ecosystems and healthy communities. This work is funded in part by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.
Clean Water Action endorses candidates for office who we believe will be champions for the environment based on candidate's record and endorsement questionnaires.