Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is calling on residents across the Commonwealth to lend their support to legislation that would enforce the disclosure of potentially toxic chemicals within children’s products in Massachusetts.
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“Dear Honorable Representative/Senator,
To better protect the health of our children, grandchildren, and future generations; I call on you to require businesses that manufacture, sell or distribute children’s products in Massachusetts file biennial reports that disclose whether their products contain one or more toxic chemicals on a list developed by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Additionally, I ask that there be a list that is published of concerning chemicals that include: chemicals recognized as carcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxins; chemicals recognized as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals; and chemicals recognized as endocrine disruptors.
I feel strongly that it is of the utmost importance to do all that we can to protect the health of our children.
“Dear Honorable Representative/Senator:
I write to you today asking that you act to ban per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from use in food packaging, consumer products and firefighter’s personal protective equipment.
With over 12,000 compounds, and growing, PFAS chemicals pose an enormous public health challenge. 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 these chemicals that alter mammary gland development may increase the risk of breast cancer later in life.
PFAS are “forever chemicals” because they persist and bio-accumulate in the environment. Our continued manufacturing, use, and disposal of products with PFAS is extremely threatening to the health of Massachusetts residents and to our environment.
Right now you have the opportunity to support three pending bills that will help prevent continued exposure to PFAS.
The power to protect the future of Massachusetts residents is in your hands. The longer we wait, the more contamination we will have to clean up. Please support these bills and urge your colleagues to do the same.