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News Release, May 29, 2020

Dollar General Reaffirms New Chemicals Policy, But More Action is Needed, Advocates Say

The Campaign for Healthier Solutions (CHS), which is dedicated to getting toxic products out of dollar stores and helping them stock local, sustainably-produced healthy foods, is pleased Dollar General reaffirmed its commitment to removing eight toxic chemicals from its private label cleaning and beauty/personal care products during its annual meeting of shareholders this week, and that company CEO Todd Vasos expressed an interest in expanding the availability of fresh foods and purchasing locally-grown produce.

News Release, April 29, 2020

Release: Affected Communities Urge The Environmental Protection Agency To End The Free Pass It Is Giving Polluters

More than 150 affected communities, environmental justice organizations and other groups are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to rescind or replace its policy allowing companies to stop reporting how much they pollute under the guise of COVID-19.

News Release, April 16, 2020

Release: Groups Sue EPA Over Free Pass for Polluters Amid Pandemic

Coming Clean, the Environmental Justice Health Alliance and many other partners have joined forces with the National Resources Defense Council to sue the EPA in order to protect people from pollution during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 3, 2020

Blog: La industria petroquímica amenaza la salud pública con la coartada del COVID-19

En tiempos de crisis, como la presente pandemia, suele haber un aluvión de actos de bondad humana. También están aquellos que convierten la crisis en oportunidad -- para ellos mismos. Algunos acopian desinfectantes de manos y otros productos esenciales hasta que sus precios se disparan.  Pero las industrias química y de combustibles fósiles dieron un golpe mucho mayor al obtener un pase libre del presidente-- específicamente, el final de la vigilancia ambiental sobre sus operaciones, permitiendo a las compañías emitir contaminantes al aire y al agua sin consecuencias. 

April 3, 2020

Blog: The Petrochemical Industry Threatens Public Health Under the Cover of COVID-19

In times of crisis such as the current pandemic, there is often a surge in acts of human kindness. Then there are those who turn the crisis into opportunity – for themselves. Some stockpile hand sanitizers and other essentials until their prices jump. But the fossil fuels and chemical industries have pulled off a much greater heist by obtaining a presidential hall pass -- namely, the end of environmental oversight over their operations, allowing companies to release air and water pollutants without consequence. 

News Advisory, April 1, 2020

Advisory: Groups Petition EPA Over Reckless Non-Enforcement Policy

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Coming Clean, the Environmental Justice Health Alliance, and The Climate Justice Alliance call on the EPA to protect public health and overburdened communities from pollution during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full press release and petition on NRDC's website.

News Release, March 27, 2020

Release: Numerous Groups Denounce EPA’s “Free Pass” for Polluters

Environmental justice advocates, scientists, public health experts, affected community members and others joined forces Friday to declare their outrage that the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws under cover of the coronavirus pandemic.

News Release, March 13, 2020

Release: Court Approves Settlement Requiring EPA Rules on Most Dangerous Chemical Spills

New York, N.Y. – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a consent decree between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a coalition of community and environmental organizations, including the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform (EJHA), Clean Water Action, and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

News Release, February 24, 2020

Release: A Day Before White House Public Hearing on Proposed Environmental Rollbacks, A Louisiana Couple Tells Their Story About Living with Cumulative Toxic Pollution

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform, Coming Clean and the Center for American Progress released a new video highlighting the story of Christine and Delma Bennett, longtime residents of Mossville, Louisiana, who have suffered from years of exposure to toxic pollution and environmental racism.

News Release, February 11, 2020

Difusión: 99 Cents Only Stores Se Quedan Cortos en Comparación con Otras Tiendas de Dólar en La Eliminación Gradual de Sustancias Químicas Dañinas, dicen Manifestantes Afuera de la Sede de la Empresa el día de Hoy

Se reunieron manifestantes afuera de la sede de 99 Cents Only Stores hoy en Commerce, California, exigiendo que la cadena de tiendas de descuentos deje de vender productos con sustancias químicas toxicas ligadas a anomalías congénitas, el cáncer, las discapacidades del aprendizaje y otras enfermedades serias. Las comunidades en donde operan 99 Cents Only Stores son primordialmente personas de color y de bajos ingresos, mismos que ya se encuentran expuestos en un nivel desproporcional a daños ambientales y sufren de disparidades económicas y de la salud.

News Release, February 11, 2020

Release: 99 Cents Only Stores Lagging Behind Other Dollar Stores in Phasing Out Harmful Chemicals, Say Protesters Outside Company HQ Today

Protesters gathered outside 99 Cents Only Stores headquarters today in Commerce, California, demanding that the discount chain stop selling products with toxic chemicals linked to birth defects, cancer, learning disabilities, and other serious illnesses. The communities served by 99 Cents Only Stores are predominantly people of color and low-income, already disproportionately
exposed to environmental harm and suffering from economic and health disparities.

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