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The Time to Act is Now!

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. The original bill, S.207, that MBCC and its supporters provided testimony for was amended by the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure; this bill is the redrafted version and it has been referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

S.2676 – An Act relative to toxic-free kids

MBCC continues to encourage supporters to contact committee chairs, Senator Rodrigues (Michael.Rodrigues@masenate.gov) and Senator Friedman (Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov) to express support for this S.2676 and to request that the bill be reported favorably from the Committee.
 

“Dear Honorable Representative/Senator,

I write today in support of S.2676 An Act Relative to Toxic-Free Kids.

This bill requires that businesses that manufacture, sell or distribute children’s toys 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, S.2676 seeks to publish a list of concerning chemicals that will 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. This bill is a step in the right direction.

I respectfully request that S.2676 be reported favorably by the committee so that it may continue through the legislative process.

Sincerely,”

 
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Earlier this month, we sent a letter to everyone in the Massachusetts Legislature urging their support for three pending bills before the end of the session in July. Now we are calling on residents across the Commonwealth to lend their support to legislation that would ban PFAS from use in food packaging, consumer products and firefighter’s personal protective equipment.
 
We need your voice in this fight and encourage you to contact your representatives requesting they act this session to pass:

H4820/S2893 (Lewis/Moore) – An Act to ban the use of PFAS in food packaging/An Act relative to chemicals in food packaging.

H4818/S1387 (Lewis/Comerford) – Act restricting toxic PFAS chemicals in consumer products to protect our health

H2475/S1576 (Hawkins/DiZoglio) – An Act relative to the reduction of certain toxic chemicals in firefighter personal protective equipment
 

“Dear Honorable Representative/Senator:

I write to you today asking that you act before this session ends in July 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. Please act this session to pass:

H4820/S2893 (Lewis/Moore) An Act to ban the use of PFAS in food packaging/An Act relative to chemicals in food packaging.

H4818/S1387 (Lewis/Comerford) Act restricting toxic PFAS chemicals in consumer products to protect our health

H2475/S1576 (Hawkins/DiZoglio) An Act relative to the reduction of certain toxic chemicals in firefighter personal protective equipment

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.

Sincerely,”

To find your legislator, please click here.

 

Join MBCC in our efforts to protect future generations!

 

MBCC Campaigns to Eliminate PFAS

2022 – Along with our campaign to eliminate PFAS in food packaging, MBCC is campaigning to remove toxic chemicals from children’s products.

  • April 2022 – The Commonwealth’s PFAS Interagency Task Force released their final report
  • May 2022 – Attorney General Healey sues PFAS manufacturers; click here to learn more

2021 – We campaigned to eliminate PFAS in food packaging in Massachusetts.

2020 – We campaigned to eliminate PFAS in food packaging in Massachusetts.

2019 – We campaigned to reduce the levels of PFAS in drinking water. Massachusetts adopted MCLs for 6 PFAS at 20ppt; some of the most stringent regulations in the country

 

The Risks of PFAS

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a class of man-made chemicals used in the production of a wide range of consumer products such as stain-resistant carpets, non-stick pans, waterproof jackets, and grease-proof food packaging. These chemicals are extremely persistent, and some can linger in our bodies for many years. Nearly all Americans carry traces of these chemicals in their bodies.

With over 12,000 compounds, and growing, these toxic 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, altered 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.

Many of the chemicals used in food packaging can leach into food and enter people’s bodies. A 2019 study by Silent Spring Institute revealed that people who ate more meals at home had significantly lower levels of PFAS in their bodies vs. those who consumed more fast food or ate out more often. This same study also showed that people who ate more microwave popcorn had higher PFAS in their blood. Chemicals in food packaging also raise health concerns when they are disposed of in landfills as they can enter the soil and groundwater, potentially contaminating drinking water supplies.

Learn more about PFAS and ways to reduce your exposure by visiting MBCC’s PFAS Resources page here.