I had too many exposures last week and am feeling the effects this week so I have not been able to pull off a substantive post. However, feeling physically down meant that good news really stood out. In addition to the fact that my new happy summer shoes have finally outgassed enough to wear, I came across these good news stories…
CHE’s blog (The Collaborative on Health and Environment) had a good summary of the New York Times article on the salon industry and Gov. Cuomo’s responsive action. A surreal chain of events wherein good journalism actually prompted political response!
Safer Chemicals Health Families had a victory story on how Home Depot and Lowe’s announced they will ban toxic phthalates added to vinyl flooring by the end of the year. Grassroots advocacy actually working!
Also from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, came news that the TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) reform bill has released a new draft. While it is still not all that we need, it is an improvement over the original bill and hopefully will get even better as revisions continue.
Environmental Working Group has a story on new legislation that Rep. DeLauro is introducing on arsenic in rice. Apparently rice and rice based foods are a major source of arsenic for Americans (who knew?!) so she is pushing for regulations that set safe standards for us and even safer ones for children.
As soon as I have more energy, I will celebrate the good stories by putting on the summer shoes and doing a happy dance.