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April 6, 2021

Dollar stores offer bargain prices - and toxic products.

When dollar stores sell products containing toxic chemicals, that expose only adds to the multiple sources of toxic pollution felt in communities like Mossville, LA, and other communities of color and low-income communities where chemical hazards and pollution are concentrated. These communities - which often must rely on dollar stores - need more action from these chains.

April 5, 2021

Discount stores often sell products with hazardous chemicals. Low-income shoppers deserve better.

In the latest Retailer Report Card on chemical management policies, Dollar Tree and Dollar General improved their grades, but 99 Cents Only Stores once again received an F. If discount retailers care at all about the health and well-being of the communities they operate in, or the environmental racism that they are perpetuating, they should reallocate resources and start cleaning up their supply chains immediately.

News Advisory, March 30, 2021

Retailer Report Card Ranks Dollar Stores

The 2020 report card on safer chemicals in consumer products was released by the Mind the Store campaign and the Campaign for Healthier Solutions looking at how 50 companies – including dollar store chains – rank when it comes to chemical safety in products and packaging.

News Release, March 2, 2021

Court Upholds Ban on Phthalate Chemicals in Toys for Now

In 2016, the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform, NRDC, and Breast Cancer Prevention Partners sued the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to force the agency to address toxic phthalate chemcials in children's products. On March 1, a federal appeals court left in place the resulting ban on several phthalates by rejecting most of the arguments made by the chemical industry opposing the ban, but also found flaws in the agency’s rulemaking process. It gave the agency an opportunity to fix those errors.

February 19, 2021

All Communities Deserve Safe Water

Brand New Video from Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform, Lideres Campesinas, and NRDC: Watered Down Justice, on race, income, and the need to ensure safe water for all.

December 9, 2020

What a Republican-controlled Senate means for Biden's climate agenda

President-elect Joe Biden has made fighting climate change more of a priority in both his policy agenda and political appointments than any previous US president. But many climate advocates are bracing themselves for a reality check if Democrats don't win both Senate runoff elections in Georgia in January, which would leave the chamber under Republican control. With a divided Congress, there's almost no chance the Biden administration can push through it's most aggressive climate proposals.

October 22, 2020

News: There's A Lot At Stake For The Climate In The 2020 Election

Despite the cascade of other crises this year, climate change has emerged as a key election issue. Two-thirds of Americans want the government to do more about it, and the same share of Biden supporters say it's very important to their vote. While not many Trump supporters overall agree, there's more concern among younger Republicans. The stakes are high as more Americans experience record heat, wildfires, hurricanes and flooding, and the two candidates could not be further apart. Joe Biden calls climate change an existential threat to our health, economy and national security. President Trump continues to question climate science. Here are six takeaways from Trump's first term on climate and energy, and the challenges he or Biden would face if elected.

October 20, 2020

Dollar Tree Thrives During Pandemic, But Is Still Not Removing Toxic Chemicals Fast Enough

When the Campaign for Healthier Solutions tested a variety of products sold at Dollar Tree and other discount retailers, it found that 81 percent tested contained at least one hazardous chemical. Even microwave popcorn and canned foods sold at dollar stores were found to contain deeply concerning levels of harmful chemicals. A number of states have likewise documented high levels of harmful chemicals in Dollar Tree products. Prenatal exposure to some of these chemicals can result in lower IQ levels, as well as learning or behavioral problems. Yet there is actually no need to use many toxic chemicals because there are safe, affordable alternatives.

August 28, 2020

News: Hurricane Laura didn’t cause pollution in this Louisiana town. It just added to it.

A day after the 150 mph winds died down and the torrential rains left, the residents of this tiny community were still coping with a different threat. The chemical fire that erupted in the BioLab chlorine plant — sending black clouds laced with toxic gases into the sky — was still smoldering Friday, as state hazmat crews struggled to extinguish it. Hurricane Laura downed power lines, ripped away street signs and toppled massive trees that blocked roads. Power remained out, carports collapsed and windows were blown out of trailers. The Mt. Zion Baptist Church lost its steeple. But to Mossville, the storm was merely another assault from the oil and gas refineries, chemical manufacturers and other industries that have enveloped the town.

August 24, 2020

News: The Rise of Environmental Justice

For all the hardships it delivered, 2020 may be remembered as an awakening for America. The outpouring of protest under the banner of Black Lives Matter this summer fostered a discussion of systemic racism that touches on all aspects of economic and social life. Environmental racism, characterized by the disproportionate impact of pollution on people of color, came to the fore as another reason for the cry of “I can’t breathe.” And a nearly 40-year-old civil rights movement for environmental justice found new momentum. But life for people at the industrial fenceline, as evidenced by three communities profiled in this article, continues to be a constant battle.

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