BE SAFE, April 4, 2006
NEW WEB LIBRARY OF PRECAUTIONARY POLICIES, LAWS AND AGREEMENTS
[Rachel's introduction: A fabulous new web-based library of documents has just become available to support precautionary action -- The BE SAFE Precautionary Policy Clearinghouse.]
The BE SAFE Precautionary Policy Clearinghouse is a library of documents on the web including precaution-based laws, policies, local ordinances and industry agreements on a range of issues.
In most cases, original documents are available in the library, so you can modify them for your local situation and your local officials won't even have to come up with their own language.
The BE SAFE campaign is adding new policies every month, and will soon expand the list of issue categories to include nuclear, solid waste, pesticides, and more.
Please help build this resource by sending any new policies or industry agreements to BE SAFE Coordinator Anne Rabe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the issue categories as of April 4, 2006:
Genetically Modified Organisms
Hazardous Waste Transportation
Natural Resource Protection and Conservation
PVC Plastic (Polyvinyl Chloride or Vinyl)
-- Chemical Regulation
-- Mercury -- Coming Soon
-- PBDE (Brominated Flame Retardants)
-- Persistent Toxic Chemicals
And here are some recent entries:
Washington State PBT Reduction Strategy
American Public Health Association Dioxin Resolution
Oakland CA City Council Dioxin Resolution
New Hampshire Dioxin Reduction Strategy
Louisville Charter for Safer Chemicals
Copenhagen Chemicals Charter
European Chemical REACH Proposal
San Francisco CA Precautionary Purchasing Law
Maine Ban on Toxic Fire Retardants
Microsoft Phases Out PVC Packaging
Hats off to Anne Rabe and the Center for Health, Environment and Justice for making this important resource available.