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September 26, 2018

New Interactive Online Map Shows Who Lives in Chemical Disaster Zones

Our new interactive map and report, titled, Life at the Fenceline, shows that people living within a three-mile 'fenceline' zone of hazardous chemical facilities are disproportionately people of color, impoverished, and suffer a greater risk of cancer and respiratory illness caused by air pollution. The mapping and analysis found that over 124 million Americans (39%) live in constant threat of catastrophic explosion or poison gas release within a fenceline zone of one or more hazardous chemical facilities.

News Release, June 14, 2018

Customers Urge Dollar Tree to Act on Toxic Chemicals in Products, Junk Food "Snack Zones" at Annual Shareholder Meeting

Dollar Tree customers and shareholders called for comprehensive hazardous chemical policies at Dollar Tree’s annual shareholder meeting. Concerned about hazardous chemicals found in products and food purchased from the Dollar Tree stores (or Dollar Tree owned Family Dollar stores), stock-holding parents and health experts asked executives to adopt comprehensive hazardous chemical policies and share them with the public, as other retailers have already done.

News Release, May 30, 2018

Customers Urge Dollar General Executives to Act on Toxic Chemicals in Products at Annual Shareholder Meeting

Nashville, TN—Today, activist shareholders and customers called for product safety and hazardous chemical policies at Dollar General’s annual shareholder meeting.  Concerned about hazardous chemicals found in products and food purchased from the discount retail chain’s stores—including per/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in microwave popcorn, bisphenol-A (BPA) in canned food, and heavy metals and phthalates in consumer products—stock-holding parents and health experts asked executive leadership to adopt hazardous chemical policies and share them with the public, as other retailers have already done.

News Release, May 30, 2018

Clientes Exigen que los Ejecutivos de Dollar General Tomen Medidas Para Actuar Sobre Sustancias Químicas Toxicas en Productos durante la Junta Anual de Accionistas

Nashville, TN—Hoy, activistas accionistas y clientes hicieron un llamado para la seguridad de los productos así como para políticas de sustancias químicas peligrosas durante la junta anual de accionistas de Dollar General. Preocupados por sustancias químicas peligrosas encontradas en productos y alimentos adquiridos de la cadena de tiendas de descuento – incluyendo PFOS en palomitas para microondas, BPA en alimentos enlatados, metales pesados y ftalatos en productos para el consumidor – padres de familia accionistas y expertos en materia de la salud solicitaron que el liderazgo ejecutivo implemente políticas de sustancias químicas peligrosas y que compartan dichas políticas con el público, así como lo han hecho otras cadenas de tiendas.

News Release, March 28, 2018

Educational Video Highlights Toxic Chemicals Found in Microwave Popcorn

Albuquerque, NM—Today, health experts and community leaders held a press conference to release a new educational video drawing attention to children's health risks from toxic chemicals in microwave popcorn. The fun and engaging video also shows viewers how to make safer microwave popcorn using nontoxic household ingredients. The video was released after independent lab testing found per/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in 100% of microwave popcorn samples purchased from dollar stores.

News Release, March 28, 2018

Educativo Video Destaca las Sustancias Químicas Toxicas Encontradas en Palomitas para Microondas

Albuquerque, NM—Hoy, expertos en el área de la salud y líderes comunitarios convocaron una conferencia de prensa para difundir un nuevo video educativo atrayendo atención a los riesgos a la salud de los niños debido a las sustancias químicas toxicas presentes en palomitas para microondas. El divertido y entretenido video demuestra cómo preparar palomitas para microondas más seguras utilizando ingredientes caseros no tóxicos. Se difundió el video después de que estudios de laboratorios independientes encontraron sustancias per/polifluoroalquilo (PFAS) en 100% de las muestras de palomitas para microondas compradas en tiendas de dólar.

News Release, December 14, 2017

Communities to be Harmed by EPA Budget Cuts Ask Congress for Protection

Washington, D.C.— As Congress continues its consideration of the Trump Administration’s proposal to slash funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a coalition of community environmental justice and health groups issued a volley of letters urging appropriators to maintain funding for vital health and safety programs. The letters, sent from communities across the nation who are dealing with disproportionate levels of environmental pollution, detail how EPA programs—especially Environmental Justice program and grants designed to support the most impacted communities—have improved public health and provided economic benefits in their neighborhoods, and how starving these efforts may put people directly in harm’s way.

News Release, December 5, 2017

Shoppers, Parents and Health Experts Visit 80+ Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Locations Asking for Toxic Chemical Safety this Holiday Season

San Diego, CA—During the busy holiday shopping season, concerned customers and activists alerted dollar store visitors to dangerous chemicals found in some products.  Activists then met with store managers at over 80 Dollar Tree and Family Dollar store locations in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Canada to ask for transparent and more protective chemical safety policies.  

News Release, December 5, 2017

Visitan más de 80 Tiendas de Dollar Tree y Family Dollar Compradores, Padres de Familia y Especialistas en Asuntos de la Salud para Solicitar Seguridad de Sustancias Químicas Toxicas esta Temporada de Fiestas

San Diego, CA— Durante la temporada alta de compras por los días festivos, consumidores preocupados y activistas dieron a conocer información a los visitantes de las tiendas sobre las sustancias químicas peligrosas encontradas en algunas de los productos de venta en las tiendas de dólar. Después, activistas llevaron a cabo reuniones con los gerentes de más de 80 tiendas de Dollar Tree y Family Dollar en 20 estados, Washington, D.C., y Canadá, para solicitar políticas de seguridad química más transparentes y protectoras.

News Release, November 14, 2017

Major Retailers Graded on Toxic Chemicals in Products and Packaging

Washington, DC – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, today the Campaign for Healthier Solutions and the Mind the Store campaign released their second annual report card on toxic chemicals in consumer products, which found that one-third of 30 major U.S. retailers are leaders, but two-thirds remain serious laggards. The report, Who’s Minding the Store? -- A Report Card on Retailer Actions to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals,includes evaluations of nineteen retailers for the first time. The nation’s largest dollar stores scored poorly, with Dollar Tree earning a grade of ‘D’ and Dollar General earning an ‘F’. 

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