Safe Chemicals Panel

 What do baby bottles, carpets and children’s sleepwear have in common?

Unfortunately, some of these products are dusted with toxic chemicals and found in many of our homes.

Come learn more about how to protect your family from toxic household chemicals, and the policy solutions recommended by the experts at a panel discussion Friday, March 9th in Helena from 1:30 – 2:45pm.  (Montana Conservation Voters’ Annual Meeting and Celebration kicks off with this panel and culminates in a fabulous evening party and short program, featuring U.S. Senator Jon Tester, at the Montana Club in downtown Helena.)

Can you attend the panel on safer household chemicals?  RSVP to sarah@mtvoters.org. 

The panel is geared for a broad audience – policy experts, policy makers, activists, parents, members of the press, teachers and concerned community members – we want you to attend and learn more about how you can help.

It is time to repair our broken chemical system so that chemicals are proven safe before being added to our homes, schools, and places of work. The current law that is supposed to protect families from toxic household chemicals, the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is out of date and ineffective at protecting the public from chemicals that have been linked to cancer, learning disabilities, asthma, reproductive problems, and other serious diseases.  Beyond the obvious and direct health effects, these chemicals weasel their way into fish and wildlife populations, and actually become more dangerous when we consume them in fish or wild game.

The good news is that Congress is considering the Safe Chemicals Act - reform that would require manufacturers to prove chemicals safe before they make their way into your child’s next meal. Come learn how you can help.

That’s why we’ve assembled a panel of experts to speak about the trouble with household toxics, and the policy and consumer solutions that will keep our families safe.

Can you make it? Please RSVP to sarah@mtvoters.org.

Panelists are a great mix of folks with local flare and national stand-outs.  The panel includes:

·         Jamie Silberberger, Director of Programs and Policy for Montana-based Women’s Voices for the Earth.   Her work focuses on advancing policies and strategies that will reduce women’s exposure to toxic chemicals in both the home and occupational settings.

·         Kelli Barber, RN, MN from Whitefish.  She is a passionate advocate for environmental health, holding leadership roles in national environmental health nursing workgroups, is a Steering Committee member for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and is the co-chair of the Nurses Work Group for the organization Health Care Without Harm.

·         Andy Igrejas, National Campaign Director for the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition.  Andy is a leading national expert on chemical policy.  Directly prior to working for the campaign, Igrejas headed the Environmental Health Program at the National Environmental Trust for seven years, and continued in the position when that organization merged with the Pew Charitable Trusts in 2008.

Please join us for this informative, free and critically important panel in conjunction with MCV’s Annual Meeting and Celebration.