Healthy Communities

About Our Healthy Communities Work: Chemicals—including heavy metals, such as mercury and lead, as well as manmade chemicals—are always around us, whether we realize it or not. Humans and wildlife are exposed to chemicals in myriad ways: through food, dust, clothing, and incinerator pollution, not to mention as a result of the toxic products dumped into landfills, which leach chemicals into our ground and drinking water. Even small amounts of chemical exposure have been linked with neurological harm, endocrine and reproductive disorders, cancers, learning disabilities, and birth defects.

Environmental Advocates of New York is focused on reducing our exposure to dangerous chemicals and requiring chemical producers and distributors to share information about such chemicals so the public can be better educated about potential dangers.

The summer months are a prime time for you and your pets to enjoy the outdoors. However, threats to your pets’ health might be present on your own property in the form of pesticides. Pesticides are found in sprays, mulch, and birdseeds and can cause significant harm to your pets.

The head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies recently said there is a 99% chance that 2016 will unseat 2015 as the hottest year on record. So it’s a good thing New York State is home to so many amazing swim holes.

Imagine this: the Department of Health is getting ready to release their new regulations to address PFOA, the likely carcinogen that contaminated the water supply in Hoosick Falls.

We’re sorry to break the bad news, but it’s time for spring-cleaning. And that means a lot of consumers will be, rather ironically, bringing toxic-laden cleaning products into their homes. Don’t feel bad! Americans assume such products are safe or they wouldn’t be sold. But the fact is, there are more than 80,000 unregulated and untested chemicals on the market today.

Clean water can be the difference between healthy or sick kids. We take it for granted, but as recent national and state headlines (like we have seen in Flint, MI and Hoosick Falls, NY) have reminded the public: there is a sacred bond between our health and our water.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has proposed a new rule to control air pollution from distributed generation sources—like those found at large apartment complexes, or commercial and industrial buildings.

Over the last year, Environmental Advocates of New York has joined with local officials from across the state, as well as business interests and public health advocates, urging Governor Cuomo and state legislators to prioritize investments in drinking and wastewater infrastructure.

Aging infrastructure in our communities is costing us greatly.

You may have heard about Waukesha, Wisconsin’s application to divert water from Lake Michigan on NPR recently, and read about it in the New York Times.

You’ve seen them: the thousands of tiny plastic balls that companies put in our face wash and toothpaste. What consumers aren’t told is that these are non-biodegradable microbeads which wash down the drain and into our waterways


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