PFASs are a class of human-made chemicals which includes Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances These chemicals are very long-lived, which means that they remain in the environment and in humans and wildlife for a very long time. Two of these chemicals, PFOA and PFOS are relatively well known, and manufacturers have voluntarily stopped producing them. However, PFOA and PFAS continue to be detected at contaminated sites, in water, and in our bodies.
Mass Power Forward Coalition Thanks House Reps for Majority Support on All Grassroots Climate Priorities
The Mass Power Forward coalition of environmental activists, organizations, businesses, and faith leaders worked to push three
BOSTON—Today environmental, public health and worker advocates blasted Governor Charlie Baker for running out the clock on a much watched bill to protect children and firefighters from exposure to toxic flame retardants. Baker’s failure to sign the bill amounts to an automatic veto.
Under the wire: Mass. legislature sends bill to Governor’s desk that will protect children and firefighters from toxic flame retardants
“This is a huge new year’s gift to all Massachusetts families and in particular firefighters,” said Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director for Clean Water Action and board member of the Alliance. “These chemicals have been putting our children and firefighters at risk for decades and it’s high time that they are removed from the products that we bring into our homes. We’re counting on Governor Baker to join the legislature in prioritizing protection for our most vulnerable by signing this bill into law.”
"In this third year of the Baker Administration, it is frustrating to see largely modest steps forward and many issues showing no improvement. Most significantly, the decision to allow an expansion at the unlined Wheelabrator incinerator ash landfill in Saugus is a true violation of environmental justice and a slap in the face to neighboring communities who have felt this burden for decades." -- Cindy Luppi, New England Director