At the Center for Environmental Health, we are proud of our major accomplishments. These successes protect and improve the health of children, youth, and families nationwide—including yours.
In no order of importance—because they are all important—our successes are:
1. Helped write the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which for the first time set comprehensive federal standards banning lead in toys and other products.
2. Partnered with major health care giants like Kaiser Permanente to create the most stringent environmental standards for computer purchasing, recycling and disposal, broadening the market for computers made with safer materials.
3. Forced dozens of polluters to eliminate thousands of pounds of air emissions.
4. Led a health investigation that exposed the threat of lead in children’s jewelry. This lawsuit spurred the largest product recall in U.S. history and led to a landmark agreement with Macy’s, Disney, Target, Wal-Mart and ultimately over 150 other companies to protect children from unsafe and potentially fatal exposures to lead.
5. Wrote, sponsored, advocated and organized thousands of people for legislation banning lead and cadmium from children’s toys, jewelry and candy.
6. Ended the use of cancer-causing arsenic in playground structures.
7. Forced Chrysler and the leading manufacturers of auto wheel balancing weights to end their use of leaded wheel weights in California and beyond. Previously lead from wheel weights was the largest unregulated source of new lead released into the environment.
8. Drafted healthier, more sustainable purchasing standards that major hospitals are using thereby dramatically increasing support for local, organic and family farmed food.
9. Helped expose the hazards of lead-tainted products sold to low income consumers who shop at “dollar” stores.
10. Worked closely with community based leaders to close a Medical Waste Incinerator spewing toxins in a low income community of color.