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Several bills that would benefit both our health and the environment are before the Massachusetts legislature. The following two would reduce toxic-chemical use statewide:

1) An Act for a Competitive Economy through Safer Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals (“The Safer Alternatives Bill”) would set up an ongoing program to identify safer alternatives to various toxic chemicals, potentially including some pesticides that are known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic to development or reproduction, and require that safer alternatives be used whenever they are available. The bill, sponsored by Senator Steven Tolman (Belmont) and Representative Jay Kaufman (Lexington), passed the Senate on January 29, 2008, but was not taken up by the House in the 2007–2008 legislative session. The bill was re-filed in January 2009, and the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture held a hearing on November 2nd, 2009. As of January 2010 the bill is still before the Environment Committee.

If you'd like to take action in support of this bill, please go to
To read the full text of the bill, go to

2) An Act to Reduce Asthma and Other Health Threats from Cleaning Products would require that no cleaning product be used in schools, hospitals, and other health care facilities unless it is included on the “Healthy Cleaning Products” list maintained and expanded by the Department of Public Health. This bill was sponsored in 2009–2010 by Representative Frank Smizik (Brookline) and is before the Joint Committee on Public Health.

If you’d like to take action in support of this bill, please call your state legislators and ask them to support it. To read the full text of the bill, go to

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