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Massachusetts Children & Firefighters Need Your Support!

Bill H.5024, An Act to Protect Children, Families, and Firefighters from Harmful Flame Retardants is sitting on Governor Baker’s desk awaiting his signature.

After 8 years of hearings and testimonies, the Massachusetts House and Senate voted on New Year’s Day to pass H.5024, a bill which bans 11 toxic flame retardants from children’s products, mattresses and bedding, upholstered furniture, and window treatments. Each year, there are more cases of cancer among firefighters and more children with health problems, as both are exposed to these dangerous toxins at high levels.

There is now just 24 hours to make your voice heard on this important piece of legislation! 

Governor Baker must sign the bill by Friday, January 11, 2019, for it to become law. Please call the Governor’s office by 5 p.m. Thursday to express your support of the bill and to urge him to protect the health of Massachusetts residents.

  • Call the Governor’s office at 617-725-4005
  • Give your name and city or town
  • Tell Governor Baker that you want him to sign H.5024, and share your own reason for supporting the bill

Call today and together we can make a difference in the health of future generations!


2017 Drinking Water Advocacy – MA Citizens Action Needed

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) has requested funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for its sister organization, Silent Spring Institute. The funding will be used to study exposure to toxic chemicals in drinking water throughout Massachusetts and provide online tools for residents to learn about their drinking water quality. MBCC needs your help to support the passage of the bill, filed by Representative Paul K. Frost (7th Worcester), Bill H.2919 An Act Relative to Drinking Water and Ground Water Research, to establish a research trust fund. If you have not already done so, we urge you to:

1) Contact the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture to request support of Bill H.2919.  In addition, ask for their support to find funding for this trust fund.

Senator Anne M. Gobi, 617-722-1540; email: anne.gobi@masenate.gov

Representative Gailanne M. Cariddi, 617-722-2210; email: gailanne.cariddi@mahouse.gov

2) Also, please contact your State Legislators to support clean water research funding for Silent Spring Institute. You can find the contact information for your legislators at https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator or call 617-722-2000

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Pictured: Dr. Laurel Schaider, Research Scientist, Silent Spring Institute; Representative Paul K. Frost, 7th Worcester; Cheryl Reeve, MBCC Volunteer Event Chairwoman; Margo Simon Golden, President, MBCC Board of Directors; and, Justine Dymond, MBCC Board of Directors Member

This advocacy effort follows the forum MBCC co-hosted on January 25th with Representative Frost at the State House. Over 60 Massachusetts state legislators and aides came to learn about drinking water quality at the Educational Forum on Water Quality Research in Massachusetts.

Representative Frost and Margo Simon Golden, President of MBCC’s Board of Directors, explained the need for water quality research and shared their motivations for protecting water quality and public health in Massachusetts. Dr. Laurel Schaider, Research Scientist at Silent Spring Institute, provided an update on Silent Spring Institute’s ongoing research on hormone disruptors and other unregulated chemicals of emerging concern in drinking water and groundwater on Cape Cod, as well as priority areas for water quality research in other parts of the Commonwealth.


Join Us in Protecting Water Quality in Massachusetts

Clean drinking water is important for everyone. 

As advocates for prevention, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) has requested funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for its sister organization, Silent Spring Institute.  The funding will be used to study exposure to toxic chemicals in drinking water throughout Massachusetts and provide online tools for residents to learn about their drinking water quality.  On Monday, April 10th, the House Committee on Ways and Means released its budget recommendations and Representatives will have the opportunity to add amendments prior to the house debate at the end of the month.  After the House debates, the budget will then move on to the Senate where there will be additional opportunities to have funding added for Silent Spring Institute. MBCC needs your help with the following action to support the passage of the bill, filed by Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn), Bill H.2919 An Act Relative to Drinking Water and Ground Water Research, to establish a research trust fund.

Take Action!

We need your help now! 

Contact the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture to request support of Bill H.2919 An Act Relative to Drinking Water and Ground Water Research, to establish a research trust fund.  In addition, ask for their support to find funding for this trust fund.

Contact your State Representative and State Senator to support clean water research funding for Silent Spring Institute.

Go to: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator to find contact information for your legislators.

Thank you!


MBCC Honors Rachel Carson and Advocates for MA Drinking Water Quality Research

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson

“If we are going to live so intimately with these chemicals eating and drinking them, taking them into the very marrow of our bones – we had better know something about their nature and their power.”

This Women’s History Month, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) honors the incomparable Rachel Carson. With strength, intelligence, and compassion, she alerted the world to the link between environmental contamination and human health effects, including breast cancer. In both her words and actions, Carson’s legacy inspires MBCC every day to pursue a healthy world for future generations.

On January 25, 2017, MBCC was at the State House once again advocating for drinking water quality research.  Over 60 Massachusetts state legislators and aides attended the Educational Forum on Water Quality Research hosted by MBCC and Representative Paul K. Frost (7th Worcester). Dr. Laurel Schaider, Research Scientist at Silent Spring Institute, provided an update on Silent Spring Institute’s ongoing research on hormone disruptors and other unregulated chemicals of emerging concern in drinking water and groundwater across the Commonwealth.

In 2016, MBCC was successful in working with Representative Frost and other legislators to secure $25,000 in funding for water quality research in Massachusetts. Currently, we are awaiting a bill number and committee assignment for new legislation to provide a Drinking and Groundwater Trust Fund to be used for the purposes of establishing a research project in collaboration with Silent Spring Institute. We will be reaching out to you to contact your state legislators once a bill number is assigned. In the meantime, we would like to share with you those legislators who have co-signed the new bill, and if your state legislator is listed, we encourage you to contact them to say thank you for making quality drinking water a priority in Massachusetts.

Sponsor: Representative Paul K. Frost, 7th Worcester

Representative F. Jay Barrows, 1st Bristol
Representative Kate D. Campanale, 17th Worcester
Representative Mike Connolly, 26th Middlesex
Senator Cynthia S. Creem, 1st Middlesex and Norfolk
Senator Anne M. Gobi, Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex
Representative Kimberly N. Ferguson, 1st Worcester
Representative Susan Williams Gifford, 2nd Plymouth
Representative Steven S. Howitt, 4th Bristol
Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives, 1st Essex
Representative Hannah Kane, 11th Worcester
Representative Mary S. Keefe, 15th Worcester
Representative Kevin J. Kuros, 8th Worcester
Representative James J. Lyons, Jr., 18th Essex
Representative Joseph D. McKenna, 18th Worcester
Representative Paul McCurtry, 11th Norfolk
Representative David K. Muradian, Jr., 9th Worcester
Representative Elizabeth A. Poirier, 14th Bristol
Representative Denise Provost, 27th Middlesex
Representative Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., 12th Hampden
Representative Todd M. Smola, 1st Hampden
Senator James E. Timilty, Bristol and Norfolk
Representative Chris Walsh, 6th Middlesex

You can find the contact information for your state legislator by clicking here.

As MBCC continues to work to affect legislative changes on behalf of all citizens of Massachusetts, we hope that you will please consider supporting our ongoing advocacy efforts by clicking the button below.




 


Update on Bill H.4166

At the beginning of the legislative session in January 2015, Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) filed a bill on behalf of Silent Spring Institute to obtain funding and to create a new program for drinking and ground water research across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The bill was referred to House Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture, and was redrafted as Bill H.4166, An Act relative to drinking and ground water research. The bill was reported out favorable and was sent to the House Committee on Ways and Means where it currently resides. Representative Frost circulated a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee asking they report out H.4166 favorable to the House Floor before the end of this legislative session.

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is thankful to the following legislators who co-signed this letter so far:

Rep. Denise Provost (D-Somerville)

Rep. Brian R.Mannal (D-Barnstable)

Rep. David F. DeCoste (R-Norwell)

Rep. Timothy R. Madden (D-Nantucket)

Rep. James R. Miceli (D-Wilmington)

Rep. Kimberly N. Ferguson (R-Holden)

Rep. Steven S. Howitt (R-Seekonk)

Rep. Peter J. Durant (R-Spencer)

Rep. Paul A. Schmid, III (D-Westport)

Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown)

Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton)

Your calls to House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey remain important. Please take action and CALL to support Silent Spring Institute’s research of unregulated chemicals of concern in public and private drinking water wells and ground water in Massachusetts. You can read our previous blog post here.