A manufacturer-run program for collecting mercury thermostats is failing to keep the toxic heavy metal out of the trash—and the environment—in most states, according to a new report released today by the Multi-state Mercury Products Campaign (MMPC) and the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). Turning up the Heat II, estimates that, at most, the industry recycling program has captured 8% of mercury thermostats coming out of service in the past decade. This has resulted in the disposal of over 50 tons of mercury into the environment, which can expose people to the neurotoxin through fish consumption.
In response to Dolce & Gabbanas (D&G) announcement that it would soon launch a baby perfume, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is calling on the company, as well as Proctor & Gamble, which manufactures and distributes D&G products in the U.S., to reverse course and halt the development and sale of its baby perfume amid concerns about toxic chemical exposures. Fragrances are likely to contain chemicals that that may contribute to diseases later in life, including breast cancer, obesity, infertility, asthma, allergies and more.
Providence — Clean Water Action is proud to announce our list of endorsed candidates for the 2012 Statewide Primaries on September 11th, 2012.
“Rhode Island voters have a real opportunity to support environmental candidates this year,” said Jamie Rhodes, Rhode Island director of Clean Water Action. “Our state needs more leaders who will take action to promote clean renewable energy, create green jobs, protect our drinking water supply, and fund public transportation. These candidates have earned Clean Water Action’s endorsement by demonstrating their commitment to protecting our environment.”
Protections for water quality are heading to the chopping block as the NJDEP announced a stakeholder meeting will be held tomorrow on the Water Quality Management Planning Rules. These important rules, which determine where sewers can go, were delayed and rolled back by the Legislature and Governor just last month.