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Washington Toxics Coalition 

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Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC) protects health and the environment from harmful chemicals.  Our achievements include phasing out hormone-disrupting BPA in baby bottles and water bottles, certain toxic flame retardants in electronics, and phthalates and lead in toys – inspiring national action on these chemicals. WTC is poised to make precedent-setting change ending the use of new toxic flame retardants in consumer products. Working together we can get toxic chemicals under control for future generations.

Mission Statement
WTC uses ground-breaking research, top-notch advocacy, in-depth grassroots organizing, and high quality consumer information to create healthier communities.  WTC advances and wins policy and market solutions to end the use of harmful chemicals and lead to a healthier future for the next generation.
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Washington Toxics Coalition
4649 Sunnyside Ave N Ste 540 
Seattle 
WA
98103-6963 
(206) 632-1545 

Laurie Valeriano 
Executive Director 

Programs

Washington Toxics Coalition Programs

Toxic-Free Legacy Campaign
WTC collaborates with diverse partners in health care, faith communities, communities of color, and the disability community to achieve precedent-setting policy reforms that get unregulated toxic chemicals out of consumer products.

Move the Marketplace
WTC puts the pressure on toxic chemicals through the marketplace as an integral partner in the national Mind the Store Campaign.  WTC engages consumers in asking the Top Ten U.S. retailers to stop selling products containing toxic chemicals.

Promote Safer Alternatives
WTC works with Washington’s new green chemistry center to advance solutions for reducing toxic use in business and industry, and we promote the use of alternatives assessments for finding safer alternatives.

Science of Emerging Toxics
WTC grounds all of our work in solid science.  Our newest achievements include:

  • Homes to Waters - Traces the pathway toxic flame retardant pollution takes from hitchhiking in dust on clothes to contaminate laundry water, the Columbia River, Puget Sound, and other waterways.
  • Seattle Gymnastics Academy - Testing at SGA facilities for toxic flame retardants, commonly added to foam padding, sparked SGA to exchange flame retardant-containing for safer foam.
  • What's On Your List? Toxic Chemicals In Your Shopping Cart - Brought to light thousands of children's products sold in Washington that contain Chemicals of High Concern to Children.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

WTC gets results.  We are the people who:

  • Banned BPA from baby bottles and sports bottles in Washington.  The ban on BPA in baby bottles was taken up nationally by the FDA.
  • Won the strongest controls in the nation on lead, cadmium, and phthalates in children's products.
  • Achieved the nation's most comprehensive chemical reporting requirement; manufacturers must now report if their children's products sold in Washington contain any of 66 harmful chemicals.
  • Got the nation's first program in place to phase out persistent toxic chemicals resulting in the phase out of two key Puget Sound contaminants - mercury and PBDE flame retardants.
  • Spurred a voluntary phase out of PBDE production nationally through our ban in Washington.  A known persistent and bioaccumulative pollutant in Puget Sound, PBDE levels in one species of monitored fish have begun to fall.
WTC is closing in on additional neurotoxic, cancer-causing flame retardants.  Our goal is to get them phased out of children's products and furniture in Washington and to require companies to use safer alternatives.  Support for the phase out has dramatically increased over the last two years and has attracted remarkable bipartisan support in Washington in this era of partisan gridlock.  These flame retardants have been shown to be ineffective in many fire safety applications and safer alternatives have already been demonstrated.  It's time to push this phase out over the top and get these toxic flame retardants under control.

Evaluation


The Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC) combines policy advocacy, community organizing, research and education to protect public health and the environment from toxic chemicals. Its public outreach is founded on the message that many of the same chemicals that are polluting the natural environment are also contaminating people and harming their health.

Proven Success
Public concern about toxic chemicals and health is at an all-time high. By conducting original research on the impact of product-based toxic chemicals, the WTC has established itself as an expert on the issue, giving the organization greater legitimacy in the policymaking arena. For instance, it was able to help secure the strongest standards in the nation restricting toxic chemicals in children’s products in Washington State and securing a state ban on the hormone disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles, sippy cups and sports bottles.

Best Practices
WTC provides the public with multiple ways to connect to its work - from social networking tools (such as Facebook and its ToxicsWatch blog), to a toxics telephone hotline, to visiting homes and businesses with handheld devices that test for heavy metals in everyday consumer products.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
WTC reaches diverse audiences through partnerships with community-based health organizations. Its collaboration with Planned Parenthood informs low-income pregnant women about avoiding toxins in baby products. They are always seeking additional partnerships, particularly with Latino and faith-based organizations.

Collaboration
WTC makes effective use of its partnerships with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and business groups across King County. WTC coordinates the Toxic Free Legacy Coalition, a diverse coalition of over 40 groups in the Northwest. The organization also is a founding member of SAFER (State Alliance for Reform of Chemical Policy) which includes diverse coalitions in 14 other states that benefit from shared knowledge and relationships and strategically leverage their work to achieve federal reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
3/10/2012 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
12/10/2009 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.
12/10/2007 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.
9/22/2005 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.

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