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Toxics chemicals reform advances

July 2012

On July 25. the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved the Safe Chemicals Act, the subject of a 19-year EWG campaign to reform American toxic chemicals controls.

On June 18, California Gov. Jerry Brown directed state agencies to revise outdated and unsupportable flammability standards. Brown's press release cited EWG's 2008 groundbreaking study that found California toddlers typically had blood levels of flame retardants three times higher than their mothers.

On August 14, EWG joined the Natural Resources Defense Council in a suit against the California Department of Public Health for failing to protect millions of Californians from hexavalent chromium, the cancer-causing chemical that has been a focus for EWG advocacy for more than 7 years.

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