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Lawmakers Agree to Ban Dangerous Chemicals in Toys
Date:7/29/2008

calling for major chemical policy reform. "A year ago, most people had never even heard of phthalates. But in the last few months, our members sent nearly 100,000 letters to legislators to let them know they wanted phthalates out of toys," said Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director of MomsRising.org. "Parents have been at the forefront of efforts to call for safer, non-toxic products, and it doesn't end with phthalates."

State and federal legislators heeded parents' and advocates' concerns and brought the issue into the legislative arena. Champions include California State Assemblymember Fiona Ma, who sponsored the California legislation, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who authored the original Senate amendment on phthalates, and Sen. Barbara Boxer and Reps. Henry Waxman, Jan Schakowsky and Diana DeGette, who strongly advocated for the ban among their Congressional colleagues.

The full consumer product safety act, including the phthalate ban, will come to the floor of the House tomorrow, and a Senate vote will likely come later this week. The legislation is anticipated to easily make it through both floor votes.

"What's clear from this historic legislation is that Congress is listening to the scientific evidence, the consumer demand, the market support and the call for action coming from the states," said Nudelman. "We're confident Congress will seize this historic opportunity to protect children's health by including the phthalates ban in the consumer product safety bill. It's exciting to think about what's next."

The Breast Cancer Fund is the leading national organization working to identify and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer. http://www.breastcancerfund.org


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