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We all deserve to live, work and play in healthy, safe environments. That’s why Oregon Environmental Council brings Oregonians together to reduce harmful chemicals in our air, water, food and in our homes and buildings. We promote policies to protect Oregonians from unnecessary toxics and unite health experts and caregivers to create safer places to learn and grow.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), one of the main federal laws that regulates chemical safety in the U.S., is woefully out of date. Created in 1976, TSCA desperately needs to be overhauled to reflect the latest health science and medical knowledge about chemicals that we come ...
For Immediate Release: Oregon Passes Historic Toxics Protections
Oregon Legislature Acts to Phase Out Known Hazardous Chemicals
from Children’s Products
Salem, OR – July 3, 2015: Today, the Oregon House cast a decisive and bipartisan vote in favor of the Toxic Free Kids Act (SB 478), a bill that requires manufacturers to disclose and phase out hazardous chemicals in consumer products targeted at children.
“This law isn’t about regulating products that haven’t been made,” said Oregon State Senator Chris Edwards in an impassioned floor speech. “This law is about protecting children that haven’t been born.”
A growing body ...
OEC’s Devon Downeysmith, OEC’s climate communications and outreach manager, and her dad, David Michael Smith, a veteran journalist and videographer, share a deep concern for the potential health hazards posed by the presence of toxic chemicals in many children’s toys, apparel and furniture. Dad and daughter agree that the debate over the issue has been going on far too long. It’s time to pass the Toxic Free Kids Act – a bill that will likely be up for a vote in the next week.
Devon was born and raised in Portland and has lived there her entire life. Devon married her high school sweetheart, Bryce. They’re expecting their first child in ...
I’m a sucker for science. I am inclined to believe it. So when politics and science get whipped into a froth and poured over a debate about protecting health and the environment, I need a refresher on what science can and cannot do.
"Do you know what chemicals you're exposed to on a daily basis? Pollutants we encounter every day come from any number of sources – cars, factories, shampoos, lotions, carpets and more. Some chemicals are benign but others could be hazardous to your health..." So begins an article about the toxics around us.
This week, KGW Investigates examines a new bracelet that can measure the toxics that we're exposed to in our daily life. Reporter Keely Chalmers and OEC Emerging Leaders Board Member Bethany Thomas are wearing these revolutionary bracelets developed by OSU to examine what chemicals they are exposed to in their everyday life.
Over four years of fighting for safe, toxic free toys for Oregon's children, the team at OEC has learned something we wish wasn't true: the chemical industry will use their wealth and dirty tactics to block even the most innocuous chemical reform. Across the country, change has come slowly. In Oregon, we might finally have our year.
Of course, Oregon's children aren't the only victims of the United States' ineffective chemicals protections. Produced and narrated by Sean Penn, The Human Experiment is a moving film that follows the stories of individuals affected by chemical exposure. It also delves into the legislative battles between public ...
A few years ago, several groups got together to examine how state legislative proposals address issues of racial equity. They shone a light on laws that could have significant negative impacts on communities of color and recommended laws that could address racial disparities. To begin holding lawmakers accountable, they published the first Racial Equity Report Card in 2011. The report card, which is published every long session, evaluates each state legislator’s commitment to advancing opportunity and addressing disparities affecting Oregonians of color. Read about the most recent report card here.
OEC is participating in meetings about this ...
For years, Tony Fuentes had been reassuring parents: the bottles in his baby boutique did not contain toxic chemicals. But one day, Tony found out he'd been misled by a manufacturer. He had been selling bottles with a harmful chemical that could leach from the lining.
"There ought to be a law," Tony and his wife said.
It's been seven years, and Tony is still waiting. Oregon parents are too. Speak up now for the 2015 Toxic Free Kids Act. Demand to know what toxic chemicals might be hidden in children's products.
See Tony's testimony and take action to support Toxic Free Kids, today!
Did you know that thousands of children's products on the shelves today contain hazardous chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and developmental disorders? Yet manufacturers don’t disclose these chemicals—not to parents, or doctors, or even to health authorities. In 2015, Oregon has a chance to take a closer look at these chemicals and to protect our children from risks that can undermine health over a lifetime. Join us to learn more about SB 478, the Toxic Free Kids Act. Hear from Senators Steiner Hayward and Hass, Representatives Read and Barker, OEC and OLCV on why it’s Oregon’s responsibility to protect kids from toxic ...