Boston bill protects public from exposure to toxic chemicals, reflecting growing national demand for flame retardant-free furniture.

On March 23, 2016, Boston City Councilors passed a bill to amend the city’s Fire Prevention Code, allowing hospitals, schools, colleges, and other public buildings with sprinkler systems to use furniture free of toxic flame retardant chemicals. “This bill protects people from needless exposure to harmful flame retardants, creating a safer and healthier environment for […]

March NSTAR/Eversource Update

Submitted by Sue Phelan, As of today, the electric utility NSTAR/Eversource has yet to publish a 2016 Yearly Operational Plan for all parts of the State but it’s still a little too early to cheer…. Here’s the State regulator’s list of herbicides the utility is allowed to use on public and private property all over […]

Women’s History Month: Honoring MBCC Women

In honor of National Women’s History Month, we present to you some of the most influential women in our history. We begin with the incomparable Rachel Carson, in whose legacy Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) founded Silent Spring Institute. With strength, intelligence, and compassion she alerted the world to the link between environmental contamination and human health effects including […]

Rate of Environmentally-related Diseases Continues to be High in Massachusetts

“The Bay State has alarmingly high rates of disease linked to environmental factors. We have one of the highest breast cancer incidence rates in the country. Children’s health is also a concern: Massachusetts has childhood cancer and asthma rates that are greater than the national average.” Dr. Richard Clapp, DSc, MHP, addresses the growing body […]