Among many other achievements, in 2011 CEH:
1. Created the first-ever legal settlement requiring cosmetic and personal care companies to use organic ingredients in their “organic” labeled products, in compliance with California law.
2. Began our project to end the corporate toxic shell game, which allows companies that eliminate a one harmful chemical to substitute similar chemicals that may be equally harmful. CEH is testing children’s sippy cups for chemicals that can mimic the body’s natural hormones and are linked to cancer, infertility, and early puberty, aiming to end industry’s use of these reproductive toxins.
3. Collaborated with the California Attorney General to reach the first legal agreements establishing lead-safe rules for children’s bounce houses.
5. Won a landmark legal agreement with Target, Old Navy, Claire’s, and dozens of other major companies, requiring them to end their sales of cadmium-tainted children's and adult's jewelry.
7. Began testing older artificial turf fields for high levels of lead, as a follow-up to our 2010 settlements that eliminated lead risks in new turf produced by all of the leading makers of artificial grass.
8. Worked with labor organizations, local communities, and workers to end air pollution around the nation’s ports.
9. Launched legal action against the threat that leaded aviation fuel poses to communities around dozens of airports. According to EPA, in 2005 emissions from aircrafts using leaded gas accounted for half of the nation’s air emissions of lead.
10. Pressured the California government to back away from “Green Chemistry” rules that omitted critical health and environmental concerns, and continued to push for health-protective regulations nationwide.
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