Unnecessary Hazards

How Safer Alternatives Can Reduce Our Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

Connecticut citizens are exposed to thousands of harmful toxic chemicals in the course of daily life. However, unlike pharmaceutical drugs, most of these chemicals have not been tested for safety. Unnecessary Hazards explores 10 types of chemicals that contaminate Connecticut’s homes and environment and put our health at risk. The report concludes that, for each type of chemical, safer alternatives exist. Moreover, they can be implemented at minimal cost, or even net savings. By requiring the use of safer alternatives for dangerous chemicals found in commerce, Connecticut can protect its environment, workers, and families – without harming the strength of Connecticut’s business and industry community.

Report

Connecticut citizens are exposed to thousands of harmful toxic chemicals in the course of daily life. However, unlike pharmaceutical drugs, most of these chemicals have not been tested for safety. Unnecessary Hazards explores 10 types of chemicals that contaminate Connecticut’s homes and environment and put our health at risk. The report concludes that, for each type of chemical, safer alternatives exist. Moreover, they can be implemented at minimal cost, or even net savings. By requiring the use of safer alternatives for dangerous chemicals found in commerce, Connecticut can protect its environment, workers, and families – without harming the strength of Connecticut’s business and industry community.

Authors

Travis Madsen

Policy Analyst

Chris Phelps

State Director, Environment Connecticut Research & Policy Center

Chris directs legislative and administrative policy advocacy campaigns for Environment Connecticut. Prior to serving in this role, he served as the director of ConnPIRG. He has led successful campaigns to win consumer identity theft protections, clean air standards for new cars, caps on greenhouse gas emissions, a ban on the import and dumping of toxic fracking waste, and increases in solar power installations in Connecticut. Chris lives in central Connecticut.