Welcome to the new MOMS website! We are so excited about the potential for using this site to create big changes! If you are new to the MOMS community, spend some time in the About and Issues sections. If you’re a partner organization, create a profile in the Partners directory, then upload events, actions, or resources. As a member of MOMS, you can now find other members more easily through the site’s Groups feature and use the Discussion forums to connect around the issues that matter most to you.
Gov. Brown Directs State Agencies to Revise Flammability Standards
SACRAMENTO – In an effort to protect public safety by reducing the use of toxic flame retardants, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today directed state agencies to revise flammability standards for upholstered furniture sold in the state.
Governor Brown has asked the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation to review the state’s four-decade-old flammability standards and recommend changes to reduce toxic flame retardants while continuing to ensure fire safety.
“Toxic flame retardants are found in everything from high chairs to couches and a growing body of evidence suggests that these chemicals harm human health and the environment,” said Governor Brown. “We must find better ways to meet fire safety standards by reducing and eliminating—wherever possible—dangerous chemicals.”
Read the full press release here.
Stop the Toxic Insults;They Aren’t Helping
In Is it Safe to Play Yet? Mr. Tortorello concedes that lead, mercury, asbestos, and cigarette smoke are all proven health hazards and worthy of concern. (I’m glad we can agree on that.) But he questions the wisdom of parents trying to unearth and eliminate every toxic product in their homes. His article quotes Dr. Jerome A. Paulson, a professor of pediatrics and director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, who says, “…you could do that, but there isn’t really the science to back it up.”
Well that all depends on whose science you believe. Do you believe in the chemical industry that says low-dose exposures to BPA are safe because they are so small, or do you believe in the flood of recent studies that say low doses pose an even greater risk to health because they mimic our own bodies’ hormones? I guess that depends on whether you are old enough to remember lead in gasoline, or if you watched the tobacco executives testify before congress that cigarettes were safe.
Read on for the full story
A Lesson in Toxics – Why Banned PCBs are Cause for Concern in Schools
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 health effects, were found in her body in greater amounts than any other type of chemical.
Almost 40 years after being banned, not only are PCBs still being found in people’s bodies, but they are present in some of the most unlikely places: our nation’s schools. Last week MOMS member Jagessar-Chaffer spoke at press conference on Women’s Reproductive Health joining other advocates in a call for the immediate removal of the PCB lighting fixtures found in nearly 700 NYC schools.
California: Stop the Secret Spraying!
Remember the apple moth?
In 2007 the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) tried to spray pesticides out of airplanes onto ten million people in an attempt to kill the nondescript brown apple moth. A moth that had probably been in California for decades and never done any significant damage!
Ever since CDFA pulled the plug on the aerial spray program in 2008 there has been legal action to try to prevent this nightmare from recurring. Earlier this month, there was a ruling. The good news: aerial spray can no longer be part of CDFA’s plans for the apple moth. The bad news: CDFA (until 2017) is allowed to spray pesticides for the apple moth anywhere, anytime, with no notice to the people who will get sprayed.
This kind of secret spraying is something that CDFA has routinely done.