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Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet
by Dr. Alan Lockwood

Drawing on peer-reviewed scientific and medical research, Dr. Lockwood meticulously details the symptoms of climate change and their medical side effects.

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Tell EPA: Ban toxic chemicals from paint strippers

February 23, 2017

The EPA is proposing to ban the use of two common toxic chemicals in paint removers in order to protect consumers and workers from adverse health effects associated with these substances. The chemicals are methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP).

Under the new toxic chemicals law passed last June, EPA now has the authority to restrict chemicals already on our shelves that pose risks to public health and the environment.

Numerous people have become seriously ill or even died as a result of exposure to methylene chloride-containing paint removers. Studies show the chemical can cause harm to the central nervous system, liver toxicity, and cancer.

Tell the EPA to ban the use of methylene chloride and NMP in commercial and consumer paint strippers.

Pregnant women and women of childbearing age, are particularly susceptible to NMP when exposed through paint removal. And workers chronically exposed to NMP are at risk of liver damage and cancer.

Sign the petition and ask EPA to remove these harmful chemicals from our store shelves.

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