Children’s Environmental Health in Michigan
The policy recommendations included in this wiki were developed based on a review of best practices in US states. The review primarily included state law rather than policy or practice. Identified best practices were compared to existing Michigan law. The comparison includes strengths and weaknesses of Michigan law, as well as recommendations for greater protections for Michigan's children.
To read detailed policy recommendations, please see:
Pesticides Mercury PBDEs PCBs Dioxins Lead Second Hand Smoke Arsenic Mold and VOCs Criteria Air Pollutants Diesel Exhaust Ionizing Radiation Benzene and TCE Arsenic
In addition to policy recommendations in each of the chapters, more fundamental chemicals policy reform will be necessary to address many of the issues identified in the wiki. A broad-based coalition of NGO's, health professional and health effected groups, labor unions and environmental organizations is advocating strong reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act, the only major environmental statute that has not been reauthorized. Passed in 1976, the law is widely held to be ineffective, denying critical tools to federal regulators to protect health and the environment. The law as written and interpreted also denies citizens and the supply chain basic information about chemicals. For more information about the effort for reform, see:http://www.saferchemicals.org/ For more details on the platform for reform, see: http://saferchemicals.org/about/want.html