Toxics-Free Environments


Toxic Free Kids Act: PBT Chemicals

This data on persistent and/or bio-accumulative chemicals in children's products was reported to the Oregon Health Authority in 2018. The table below may take a moment to load. For more information on the links between these chemicals and health effects, visit Oregon Health Authority. !function(e,t,s,i){var n="InfogramEmbeds",o=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0],d=/^http:/.test(e.location)?"http:":"https:";if(/^\/{2}/.test(i)&&(i=d+i),window[n]&&window[n].initialized)window[n].process&&window[n].process();else if(!e.getElementById(s)){var r=e.createElement("script"...

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Retailer report card for safer shopping

Some day, we will be able to trust in the chemical safety of the products we buy. Until then: we have the retailer’s report card. It shows how much progress 40 retailers have made to understand and eliminate toxic chemicals in everyday products. OEC is one of hundreds of allies in the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition, which has been challenging retailers to sell safer products since 2013. Read the full report at retailerreportcard.com The Good News:Apple, Target, Ikea and Wal-Mart are in the lead with strong policies to track and reduce ...

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Salem diesel awareness project

“There’s nothing better than seeing people come together for a cause,” says Antonio. He and a fellow student, Casandra (Cassie), practiced their leadership skills for a cause as interns with Latinos Unidos Siempre (LUS) in 2018. Their challenge: uniting neighbors to understand air quality issues in Salem and to seek solutions.Cassie takes the issue personally. She has lived most of her 17 years in Salem, and her chronic health condition makes her very sensitive to air pollution.“Coming from the Northgate area, I have seen how pollution has made a drastic ...

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Chemicals of Concern In Children’s Products

In 2015 the Oregon legislature passed the Toxic Free Kids Act. The law requires manufacturers who make children’s products to report when their products contain toxic chemicals that are scientifically linked to health impacts in kids.

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Untangling Measure 104

Hundreds of programs statewide that protect our favorite outdoor activities and our basic necessities, like air and water, rely on taxes and fees for those protections. But there’s a sneaky ballot measure on Tuesday’s election that threatens to do enormous harm to the Oregon Constitution

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Warning for Do-It-Yourself Projects

Two deadly paint stripping ingredients are for sale on hardware-store shelves today, right next to safer alternatives. Even if you use protective gear, the health risks may be serious. These chemicals are linked to 60 deaths in the United States, including the death of Michael Richartz of Portland, Oregon, who was stripping paint from a bathtub when he was overcome. That doesn’t begin to count the harm to the nervous system, reproductive system and children’s developing bodies. If you are a hobbyist or handy-person, here is more information to help protect ...

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Alert: your right to know is at risk

Just as Oregon begins to find out how toxic chemicals occur in children's products, an industry-backed bill could block that information.Industry groups are behind the proposed "Accurate Labels Act" ( H.R. 6022/S. 3019 ), first introduced in 2018, which would make it easier for manufacturers to hide chemicals linked to cancer and other health harm.The multi-billion-dollar chemical industry continues to use secrecy as a way to defend toxic chemicals produced in tens of thousands of pounds each year.The proposed bill would re-write the 1967 "Fair Packaging and ...

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Toxic disasters aren’t so far from home

The story of a West Virginia town changed forever by toxic pollution captured the hearts and minds of Portlanders at the Oregon debut of the documentary "The Devil We Know." The film tells a disturbing and well-researched story of how a chemical company knowingly dumped a toxic, persistent chemical (PFOA) into the drinking water supply (see investigative reporting on the story).While the disaster may seem far away, it hits home to know that the same chemical is in nearly all of our homes—and all of our bodies (see details from the Centers for Disease Control).W...

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Stronger choices in sustainable procurement

With the great power of public dollars, Oregon has great responsibility. Our state’s procurement choices—the goods and services we buy to run our state agencies, schools and local governments—can do far more than deliver quality at a fair price. With the right tools in place, Oregon can harness the power of procurement to drive innovation and promote the health of our people, our environment and our economy. In doing so, we can lead the nation to make lasting sustainable change in the marketplace.Almost twenty years ago, Oregon made explicit the government’s ...

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What’s next for air toxic controls?

This February 2018 Oregon state legislators passed a bill that ensures Cleaner Air Oregon—a critical program to control toxic air pollution—will move forward. But will the program protect public health? There's more work to be done. Here's the story of Cleaner Air Oregon so far:Two years ago, when high levels of toxic heavy metals were discovered in Portland neighborhoods, dangerous air pollution became impossible to ignore: Oregon’s air toxics controls needed an overhaul. Under a directive from Governor Kate Brown, our health and environmental agencies embarked ...

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