When it comes to protecting children from toxic chemicals, getting lead out of drinking water, putting a stop to climate change or protecting our most vulnerable – the time is now.
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.”
When you go to the polls, be sure to choose candidates who will fight for clean water, clean air and healthy communities. Session after session, the Massachusetts legislature punts when it could kick a field goal for clean energy and environmental justice. Meanwhile, we’re fighting to prevent backsliding in the US Congress every day. Your vote can make the difference between electing legislators who fight for a healthy future and stable climate or maintain the status quo. Climate change is not going to wait for Beacon Hill or Congress to take baby steps. Clean Water Action has endorsed candidates who represent the environment and will protect Massachusetts
"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