Monthly Archives: December 2011

EPA Mercury Limits, a Health Victory for Moms!

Yesterday, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced historic nationwide protections from mercury and other toxins from dirty power plants. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that poisons the air we breathe, the fish we eat and presents great risks to pregnant women and young children. The new standard will mark the first time that the federal government [...]

A Holiday Gift for Generations to Come

Crossposted from the Huffington Post. The Miracle of Life: When reading my Pregnancy Day-by-Day book this morning, I learned that the baby girl growing inside my womb has developed all of the eggs she will have in her lifetime. At 18 weeks, my daughter already carries within her tiny body the seeds of my grandchildren! [...]

Avoid Greenwashed Holiday Items: Go Simple with Our Last Minute (Truly) Green Gift Guide

If your holiday shopping list still looks dauntingly long, and you’re sick of clicking through all those holiday guides, take our advice:  Go simple. Going green is often about simplifying, not consuming more.  It’s about getting rid of the crap we accumulate in a responsible way, learning to make use of any waste we create, [...]

A Lesson in Toxics – Why Banned PCBs are Cause for Concern in Schools

Crossposted from Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS) blog. When she first set out to learn what chemicals might be lurking in her body, mother-of-two Penelope Jagessar-Chaffer had no idea what she would discover. She was horrified to learn that PCBs, a group of flame retardant chemicals banned in the 1970s because of links to various [...]

Ending the Toxic Shell Game

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) held a gala celebration this past October 24 to mark our 15th anniversary of protecting children and families from harmful chemicals in our food, air, water and consumer products. I was honored and humbled at the support of more than 250 guests who attended the event, which was introduced [...]

Two of our stellar high school interns, Jenna Kim and Nolan Tonkyn, wrote about their experience working on the artificial turf testing project.  Check out their thoughts here: It’s scary to think that I have been buying products without really knowing what dangerous chemicals are included in its makeup. By being involved in the artificial turf [...]

Hello, Senator? Give the Gift of Safer Chemicals, Please!

Today is a National Call-In Day for Safer Chemicals, organized by CEH and our coalition partners. By calling your Senator today, you have the exciting opportunity to add to the nationwide support for safer chemicals. Parents, doctors, teachers, nurses and others who care about their families’ health are calling their Senators to ask them to [...]

Holiday Shopping, the Smart Way

CEH has worked hard for 15 years, wiping lead-tainted toys off store shelves and cleaning up the consumer products industry, eliminating lead, cadmium, and other toxics from the products that we buy every day. One of our largest, most far-reaching accomplishments so far has been eliminating lead from children’s toys across the country. Though we’ve [...]

Watch: The Misclassification in Port Trucking

 “I’m classified as an independent contractor, but I have very, very little control over the success or failure of my company.” -Dutch Prior, Port Truck Driver Part of CEH’s Safe Air, Water and Food campaign is the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports—fighting to restore stability to our Ports’ system and improve air quality in [...]

Greenwash of the Month: Chemical Industry Front-Groups You Should Know About

The chemical, pesticide, and other industries have a long history of using their lobbyists and public relations firms to create industry front groups.  These front groups are paid to serve as purported independent analysts, while in reality they are nothing more than undercover proxies for dirty industries. Industry needs these phony front groups because public [...]