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PFAS Advisory – MA asks people to limit or not eat fish caught in 5 Cape Cod ponds

On Tuesday, November 2nd, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued an advisory for people to limit or exclude fish from five Upper Cape Cod ponds from their diet. “You can remove PFAS from well water with filters. Unfortunately, there’s no way to remove PFAS from fish.” – Dr. Laurel Schaider, Senior Scientist, Silent Spring … Read more

Biden administration moves to curtail toxic ‘forever chemicals’

“This is a really bold set of actions for a big problem,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said, even as some advocates remain wary. According to the Washington Post, The Biden administration moved Monday to regulate a group of long-lasting, human-made chemicals that pose health risks to millions of Americans, even as they continue to be … Read more

California becomes the 7th state to ban PFAS in food packaging

On October 5, 2021, California became the seventh state to pass legislation to ban PFAS in food packaging. PFAS chemicals have been linked to a wide range of health effects including immune system toxicity, elevated cholesterol, delayed mammary gland development, effects on the thyroid and liver, and cancer. Scientists are concerned that exposure to chemicals … Read more

Testimonial to Joint Committee on Public Health 10/7/21

Poster for our campaign to Ban PFAS in Food Packaging

Senator Joanne M. Comerford, ChairRepresentative Marjorie C. Decker, ChairSenator Susan L. Moran, Vice ChairRepresentative Brian W. Murray, Vice Chair Re: Support for H.2348, an Act to ban the use of PFAS in food packaging and S.1494, an Act relative to chemicals in food packaging Dear Chair Comerford, Chair Decker, and members of the Joint Committee … Read more

October 2021 Update from our Executive Director

When Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) started this work in 1991, we all had great hope that we would find the answers to our questions on how to prevent the environmental causes of breast cancer. While there has been progress, here we are now, 30 years later, with perhaps more questions than answers.