Article published by the Goldman Staff for the Goldman Prize. Find the original story here.
2006 Goldman Prize winner Craig Williams has dedicated his life to the safe disposal of the United States’ chemical weapons stockpiles.
As a member of the Kentucky Governor’s Commission on Chemical Weapons, and as a central figure in the fight to eradicate chemical weapons, Williams has attended two sessions of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international body overseeing global chemical weapon elimination efforts at The Hague in the Netherlands.
We reached out to Williams to get his take on the recent decision to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons at sea. Read below for his take on the issue:
Article published by WBKO, find it the original article here.
A longtime citizen activist who has helped usher a plan for destroying the chemical weapons stored in Kentucky is in Europe this week to help explore solutions to Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.
Craig Williams, director of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation's Chemical Weapons Project, was invited to join a delegation in The Hague, Netherlands. The group will be advising the international community on what to do about Syria's weapons.
Advocacy groups argue these flame retardants don’t do what they’re supposed to do—namely, prevent fires—and have been linked to cancers, infertility and developmental problems.
Elizabeth Crowe of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation was involved in this study, as well as an earlier one that found levels of the chemicals in regular couches. She says the presence of toxic flame retardants in children’s furniture is even more concerning.
“Children are more vulnerable,” she said. “They spend more time on the floor. They put more things into their mouths. And as a result of that, plus they just breathe at a more rapid pace than adults, they tend to have a much higher body burden of these chemicals.”
Crowe says it’s not enough to just require companies to label furniture that contains these toxic chemicals.
“We can’t shop our way out of this problem,” she said. “The solutions really need to run much more deeply. It’s really not necessary to use these toxic chemicals in the first place. A much better strategy is to take them out and avoid the hazard altogether.”
One way to reduce the risk to children from exposure to flame retardants is to vacuum furniture frequently to remove any dust that might build up.
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