Providence – Last week, the Providence City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to clarify which small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks Councilman Seth Yurdin for introducing the resolution (read the resolution here).
“We need more leaders like Councilman Seth Yurdin and his fellow city council members. EPA’s proposed standards are strong, commonsense, and put drinking water first,” said Jamie Rhodes, Rhode Island director for Clean Water Action, “This resolution shows that, despite what we are hearing out of Congress, there are elected officials who are willing to stand with their constituents instead of the deep pocketed polluters.”
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.