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California poised to enact historic flame retardant labeling law

A statement by Breast Cancer Fund Director of Program and Policy Janet Nudelman You have a right to know whether or not toxic flame retardants are in a couch you’re thinking about buying. And fortunately, people in the state of...


The right to know about fracking chemicals

A Q&A with Breast Cancer Fund Director of Science Sharima Rasanayagam What do you see as the biggest problem with fracking? We're in an uncontrolled experiment. We know, from a Congressional investigation, that companies sometimes use carcinogens such as benzene,...


The Case for Transparency: Unveiling the Dirty Secrets of Industry

Guest blog by Breast Cancer Fund Senior Policy Strategist Nancy Buermeyer On Thurs., Aug. 21, the Breast Cancer Fund joined Earthjustice and 4 other health, labor and environmental groups in filing a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting...

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Mayor Willie Brown to Sign Precautionary Principle Ordinance Passed by Board of Supervisors

"Better Safe Than Sorry" Legislation an Historic Step Toward Protecting Public Health and Environment

Karen Pierce, Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates (415) 641-2996
Janet Nudelman, The Breast Cancer Fund (415) 346-8223 x24, Cell: (415) 279-1473
Katie Silberman, CEH (510) 594-9864; Cell: 510/ 813-9864

Community, health and environmental leaders will join San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown as he signs into law historic legislation that will help protect public health and environment.

On June 24, 2003 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-1 to adopt the Precautionary Principle as City policy, a stunning and unprecedented breakthrough in environmental health policy and decision-making. This ordinance reorganized 11 separate pieces of environmental legislation into one environmental code with a visionary precautionary principle policy statement serving as its first chapter.

The Precautionary Principle says that where threats of serious harm to people or natural systems exist, lack of full scientific certainty relating to cause and effect should not be used to postpone measures to prevent harm. The Precautionary Principle requires a careful analysis of available alternatives using the best independent science available and selection of the alternative that minimizes impacts to human health and the environment. The Precautionary Principle seeks to prevent harm before it happens.

This is a great grassroots victory won by many organizations, including Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates, Breast Cancer Action, The Breast Cancer Fund, Center for Environmental Health, Clean Water Action, Commonweal, Consumer Action, Greenaction, Redefining Progress, Urban Habitat, Women's Cancer Resource Center, the San Francisco Department of the Environment and the San Francisco Labor Council.

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