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Attract diverse people to join the Toxics Team;
·Reduce toxics in consumer products;
·Reduce exposure to toxics where we work, live and play;
·Educate consumers about potential risks;
·Help return the USA as a leader in work related to protecting the public from toxics;
·Reform the international and national systems of regulating toxics in commerce or from past practices, especially those in consumer products, so that they more effectively protect the public and the environment.
Cleaning Products Reform Initiative. Our goal is national legislation on ingredient disclosure for both consumer and institutional/commercial cleaning products. Purchasers and users of cleaning products often do not realize that some contain ingredients that are toxic to their health and the environment. Presently there are no requirements for manufacturers to disclose this. Better informed consumers will lead to the development and purchase of greener, safer, healthier, more environmental cleaning products. Check FILES under heading CLEANING PRODUCTS for more information.
PBT Initiative Toxic substances, especially those released due to human activities, have proven to be a plague on society and the environment. Intergenerational impacts, additive and cumulative effects, and hormone disruption all result from a myriad of low-level environmental exposures resulting from purposeful uses and incidental/accidental releases of persistent, bio-accumulative and globally-mobile toxins. While industry has prevented and in some cases weakened policy which would protect the public, our goal with this project is to turn this around by educating members and the public about unavoidable chemical exposure and their role as consumers in ending excessive releases. We seek the implementation of precautionary approaches to permitting any introduction of new consumer products. Specifically, we focus on exposures by natural (ie mercury), and synthetic (ie DDT) persistent, bio-accumulative toxins (PBTs). Additionally, we seek to gain the removal of /or substitution for problem chemicals currently in use. Because of their unique characteristics, including the ability to persist in toxic form and travel long distances, these pollutants ultimately require global solutions. As such, we will use local support to build into global solutions. Some states such as Maine and Washington are passing laws to ban or restrict some of the worst PBTs. Strengthening state level laws can help us improve federal toxics laws.
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