State legislatures across the country are stepping up to protect public health from harmful chemicals in an effort to fill gaps in chemical protections due to inaction by the US EPA, according to an analysis of state policies by Safer States. The analysis found that at least 23 states will consider 112 policies to limit exposures to toxic chemicals, including bans on nonstick PFAS chemicals and toxic flame retardants.
The chemical industry fights state legislators tooth and nail as they try to pass protective policies, pulling all of the dirty tricks out of their play books. The good news is public health leaders are standing up to the chemical industry in New York state. The New York state legislature has been considering important legislation, the Child Safe Products Act, that would protect New York families from toxic chemicals.
How the chemical industry’s rebuttal falls flat By Baskut Tuncak, orginially posted on the Center for International Environmental Law website. What are the drivers of innovation? This was the question behind new research CIEL released last week, which clearly illustrates that stronger laws to regulate chemicals are a driver of innovation, and also create a safer marketplace. […]