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01/19/2011

Minnesota, 29 Other States and DC Announce Legislation to Get Toxics Out of Products

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Today is an important moment for kids, and really all of us, in Minnesota. Today we announce   that Minnesota will pursue comprehensive legislation to protect kids from toxic chemicals in consumer products. And we’re not alone! Another twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia are also pledging to take action at capitol buildings across the county.

Why is this happening at the state level?

The federal government is lagging behind in overhauling our broken system for regulating chemicals in this country. The Toxic Substances Control Act has only required testing on about 200 of 80,000 chemicals on the market today. What’s worse—it’s only regulated five. Yet we hear news stories every day: lead in toys, cadmium in children’s jewelery, bisphenol A in baby bottles. It doesn’t seem to end.

Since TSCA was passed in 1976, chemicals have become more pervasive in daily life and scientists have developed a better understanding of how toxic chemicals found in every day products are connected to some of our country’s most serious health problems, including childhood cancers, asthma, impaired fertility, birth defects, and learning disabilities.

  1. Leukemia, brain cancer, and other childhood cancers have increased by more than 20% since 1975.[1]
  2. Breast cancer went up by 40% between 1973 and 1998.[2] While breast cancer rates have declined since 2003, a woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is now 1 in 8, up from 1 in 10 in 1973.[3]
  3. Asthma prevalence approximately doubled between 1980 and 1995 and has stayed at the elevated rate.[4][5]
  4. Difficulty in conceiving and maintaining a pregnancy affected 40% more women in 2002 than in 1982. The incidence of reported difficulty has almost doubled in younger women ages 18–25.[6][7][8]

(citations from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families health factsheet)

That’s why state action has been (eighteen states have passed over 71 chemical safety laws in the past eight years) and will continue to be essential to protecting our children, our families and our environment from toxic chemicals.

You can make a difference!

ToxicFreeValentine copy_transparent copyNo one should need a PhD in Chemistry to keep their children safe. We think that wanting to make safe choices at the checkout counter is a reasonable request and that’s why getting toxic chemicals out of our products is just common sense.

  You can join Healthy Legacy for our Day at the Capitol on Monday, February 14 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. We’ll be learning about the 2011 legislation, hand-making valentines (that’s right, red construction paper galore!) and visiting our elected officials. Let us know if you can make it!

 

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