WHEREAS every resident of Washington State has an equal right to conditions that protect and promote human health, including a healthy and safe environment,
WHEREAS Washington State recognizes that “health is a state of complete physical,
mental and social wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” as provides the World Health Constitution and remains a fundamental human right,
WHEREAS many conditions, including auto immune diseases, respiratory diseases (asthma, emphysema, copd etc), cancer, Alzheimer's disease,
Parkinson's disease, birth defects, behavioral disorders, autism, and chemical
sensitivities, (among others) have been linked to environmental toxicants and drugs which incur enormous
individual and societal costs in Washington State,
WHEREAS the growing "public health catastrophe" knowledge confers an ethical responsibility and duty to make
decisions that promote and maintain human and environmental health, thereby
preventing disease, illness or disability,
WHEREAS the recognized principle for guiding activities to promote a healthy and safe environment
and encourage human health is known as the European Precautionary Principle,
WHEREAS, this precautionary principle consists of
four basic elements:
1) Taking preventive action in the face of uncertainty whose consequence can have a serious risk,
2) Shifting the burden of responsibility of safety to the proponents of an activity;
3) Exploring and implementing safer alternatives , and
4) Increasing public participation in decision making,
WHEREAS scientific studies have determined that even low-level exposures to
PBTs (persistent bioaccumulating toxins) may cause serious and permanent health and neurodevelopmental harm,
WHEREAS the precautionary principle holds that when an activity threatens harm to
human health or to the environment, precautionary measures should be taken, even if
cause-and- effect relationships are not fully established scientifically,
WHEREAS taking precautionary action is the common sense idea behind many
adages, such as "be careful", "better safe than sorry" and "look before you leap" and is
inherent in the understanding of the Hippocratic oath of "first, do no harm", in essence,
the principle goes hand in hand with prevention, the cornerstone of public health,
WHEREAS precautionary action is the basis of many activities designed to protect the
health and safety of United States citizens, such as requirements of the federal Food
and Drug Administration to ensure that new drugs are efficacious and safe before being
placed on the market, requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act
of 1970 that require employers to provide safe workplaces and working conditions, and
the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 that acknowledges additional protection for
WHEREAS the precautionary principle has been incorporated in international
environmental treaties and in health, environment and educational policies of numerous
governmental entities in the United States, including the city of San Francisco, and that
Seattle includes a statement on the precautionary principle in the City’s Comprehensive
WHEREAS the precautionary principle is a highly effective decision-making tool for
reducing negative and costly effects on human health resulting from exposure to
environmental toxicants and nefarious drugs,
WHEREAS the Washington State Department of Ecology has developed a
comprehensive strategy, based on preventing harm to human and environmental
health, to reduce and eventually eliminate persistent bioaccumulative toxic chemicals
(PBTs), further developing an accompanying PBT Rule which incorporates tenets of
WHEREAS the Washington State Departments of Ecology and Health have developed
chemical action plans recommending phase out of mercury and polybrominated
diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in order to protect human and environmental health,
WHEREAS the precautionary principle’s preventive foundation promotes environmental
and economic justice to protect the environment and to safeguard the health of all
people of Washington State,
WHEREAS the precautionary principle has been endorsed by the American Public
Health Association, with the APHA stating it “Reaffirms its explicit endorsement of the
precautionary principle as a cornerstone of preventive public health policy and practice” and by hundreds of other organizations nationally and internationally, including
the American Nurses Association,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT ....................................Governor of the State of Washington Joubert endorses the Precautionary Principle as a policy-making,
educational and advocacy tool for preventing harm to health, behavior and
neurodevelopment from exposures to PBTs and nefarious drugs in Washington State,
WITH THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS TO BE INSTITUTIONALIZED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:
1. A PUBLIC DELARATION ON our fundamental FREEDOM FROM POLLUTION AND PERSISTENT BIOACCUMULATIVE TOXIC CHEMICALS
2. TOXICITY EMERGENCY TESTS
3. A DETOXICATION ACTION PLAN.
4. TASK FORCE TO DRAFT LEGISLATION to vigorously uphold the European “precautionary principle” whereby all dubious substances released in the environment and the health and food marketS will first need to be genuinely proven effective and non toxic BEFORE PLACED ON THE MARKET.
5. ADDITIONAL OZONE WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEMS need to replace the immune-compromising chlorine system.
6. A TASK FORCE ON A PROHIBITION BILL ON CHILDREN TOXIC CHEMICALIZED TOYS AND OTHER CHILDREN PRODUCTS.
7. TASK FORCE ON A BILL PROHIBITING STEROID HORMONES.
8. TASK FORCE ON A BILL PROHIBITING AND-OR LIMITING PLASTIC BOTTLES (Especially NUMBERs 3, 6 & 7), STYROFOAM & TEFLON. Bisphenol A leaches from polycarbonate plastic, styrene can leach from polystyrene plastic, and phthalates leaches from PVC plastic. Bisphenol A and phthalates are endocrine disruptors and styrene is an animal mammary carcinogen. (www.beastcancerfund) A bill needs to better protect Washingtonians from these toxic chemicals as well as from Styrofoam and Teflon, know toxic products nefarious to the health.
9. A BAN OR RESTRICTION ON THE MOST TOXIC HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS. The three most dangerous cleaning products in the average home are drain cleaners, oven cleaners and acid based toilet Bowl cleaners, all of which have non toxic alternatives (www.watoxics.org). Less deregulation and more education are needed.
10.A TASK FORCE ON A BILL PROHIBITING AND-OR LIMITING PLASTIC BAGS AND PROMOTING HEMP AND PAPER PACKAGES.
11. A TASK FORCE ON A BILL PROHIBITING AND-OR LIMITING Incinerators. Air pollution can contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Based on a relatively small number of studies, the evidence to date generally supports an association between breast cancer and PAHs (http://www.sciencereview.silentspring.org/).
Incineration of medical waste with pvc and phthalates release dioxins and mercury, which contribute to cancer, infertility and immune system impairment.
12. A TASK FORCE ON A BILL PROHIBITING COSMETIC TOXICITY. Toxic cosmetics affects a wide array of common personal care products, from toothpaste to soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, hair coloring, deodorant, body lotion, shaving products, makeup, sun tan lotions, nail polish and treatment, skin lightener, many of which are rich in lead acetate found in dyes and cleansers (harms fertility and human reproduction, prohibited in the European Unions)), phthalates, found in nail polish, fragrances and hair sprays and plastic containers (endocrine disruptors, also banned in Europe), hydroquinone (a carcinogen and neurotoxin found in skin lightening products and moisturizers), petrochemicals (carcinogens, found in hair relaxers, shampoos, anti aging creams, perfumes, lipsticks and lip balms), placenta (full of hormones such as progesterone and estrogen that can interfere with the body’s normal hormonal functions), mercury (often listed as thimerosal on the labels and in vaccinations, also a human carcinogen, found in eye drops, ointments and mascaras), nanoparticles, etc.
Some relevant mathematics (the type which needs to be taught in elementary schools): Ingredients used in American personal care products: 10,500. Portion of chemical ingredients in cosmetics that have been assessed for health and safety by the industry’s self policing safety panel: 11 percent. Ingredients banned from cosmetics. USA 10. EUROPE: 1100 (www.safecosmetics.org)
13. A TASK FORCE ON THE ELIMINATION OF THE WORSE OF PRESCRIBED MEDICAL DRUGS VIA LEGISLATION: In Washington State, over 50 million allopathic medical prescriptions are filled each year. Studies estimate that up to 30 percent of medicines go unused and even more have nefarious consequences ((e.g viox which killed over 50,000 American patients, among many other drugs). Traditional disposal practices of flushing and trash disposal are not safe for our environment, let alone for children and animals. Furthermore, when unused medicines are left in homes, they are too easily accessible for teens to use illicitly or children to take accidentally. Teens now use medicines to get high second to marijuana and 90 percent of all accidental poisonings are caused by prescribed mainstream medicines. In this perspective, a bill needs to be passed to guarantee that Washington residents have equal access to convenient, free and safe medicine return and disposal all through the state. Pharmaceutical manufacturers should pay for the clean up of their drugs. Washington’s Board of Pharmacy should review, approve and monitor the take back program. And have general oversight thereto. This bill should be passed via the House of Environmental health committee. Many associations have supported such a bill, including but not limited to Washington citizens for resource Conservation. If the State Legislature could be creative and more respectful of the People’s constitutional health rights, it would mandate Washington’s Board of Pharmacy’s members to better control prescribed drugs (medication). And to apply the precautionary principle of medication so that pharmaceuticals would have the burden of proof to show safety before putting their products on the market.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Governor orders that the precautionary principle becomes the cornerstone of our preventive approach to public health and envrionmental sanity in Washington State,
These efforts shall be coordinated by the Department of ecology, Department of natural resources, Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services, the Secretary of the Department of Health, and the Administrator of the Health Care Authority in partnership with the Governor's Office, the World Health Organization, the federal and local governments, private sector health purchasers, and other stareholders in our state’s health care system.
So it be ordered on behalf of the People of Washington State and the Common Good.
This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.
Signed and sealed with the official seal of the state of Washington, on this..... day of .................., at Seattle, Washington.
Secretary of State
THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER WAS DRAFTED BY CHRISTIAN PIERRE JOUBERT OF THE FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS ACTION COMMITTEE DURING THE PRIMARY GUBERNATORIAL ELECTIONS AND ITS PROVISIONS CORRESPOND TO THE ACTION PLAN'S FIRST 14 MEASURES (click here to check them out).