Md. Moms Raise Awareness Of Toxins In Household Products At Capitol Hill

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Raising awareness, one stroller at a time. Maryland women join moms across the country, raising awareness of toxic chemicals in household products.

Jessica Kartalija explains.

From the cobblestone streets of Fells Point to the City of Brotherly Love and straight to Capitol Hill, they’re moms on a mission.

“This is something we have to do for our children,” said Barbara Friend of the Stroller Brigade.

Mothers across the country take part in Stroller Brigades demanding better protection from toxic chemicals.

“The fact that chemicals are such a huge part of our lives and only 10% of the chemicals are tested,” Friend said. “So out of the millions and millions of chemicals out there, only 10% have been tested for safety.”

Moms marching down Thames Street deliver letters to Senator Barbara Mikulski’s staff urging Congress to be superheroes in the quest for safer chemicals.

“We are asking her and Senator Cardin and we are asking them to be our Superheros,” said one Stroller Brigade mother.

In response, Senator Mikulski says: “I support efforts to ensure chemicals are safe for families through the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. I will look carefully at this bill.”

“Chemicals can bring health or threats to children’s well-being,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg introducing his bill.

That bill is the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. If passed, the bill would increase chemical safety, inform consumers of hazardous chemicals and protect pregnant women and children.

“This is an incredibly important piece of legislation,” Friend said.

Safer chemicals, healthy families–organized today’s stroller brigade. It is a coalition of 280 public health and community organizations.

Mothers from 17 states participated in today’s stroller brigade, including New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

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  • RT

    How about if you don’t like the product or don’t think it’s safe, THEN DON’T BUY IT! Just another aspect of the economy that the gov’t is going to make more expensive through useless laws that don’t do anything. How about you petition the companies and boycott their products rather than depending on GOV’t to solve all your problems, which they clearly can’t do at all.

    • Everett Rees


  • SbS

    Why do you people always run to Uncle Sam for everything as a first line defense? I am sure there are enough rules and regulations already on the books to handle your demands for safer products, and that most manufacturers have complied voluntarily to change unsafe chemicals in their products as soon as a substitute for a toxic chemical has been found. This is not a new subject that has to be revisited. Why don’t you all petition the companies as a group to make their products safer. This is not a new subject. You really want to do something for our children? Do not add any more debt to their future. They owe enough already!.

  • KevinR

    The gov’t can’t get anything done. Test the chemicals on Republicans.


    and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,TALK ABOUT IT

  • T

    What “products” is this woman and her brigade talking about, and why? I mean, haven’t we all been using things like Clorox, Pine Sol, and 409 for frickin’ ever?! These are things MY mother used regularly, and I’M still here.

    This just sounds like another platform for this generation of far too overprotective parents to get up on.

  • SbS

    Sounds like Barry’s EPA needs more horsepower and money.

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