Bill would phase out chemicals toxic to children

Bill would phase out chemicals toxic to children

Bill would phase out chemicals toxic to children

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by JEFF BARNARD AP Environmental Writer

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Posted on March 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 18 at 1:03 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Based on the experience of past failures to ban toxic chemicals from everyday items like baby bottles and food cans, environmentalists and child advocates are taking a longer and market-driven view.

A bill (HB3162) before the Legislature would set up a database to track the use in manufactured products of 19 chemicals shown to be harmful to children, and work with manufacturers to phase out the chemicals.

The bill is patterned after a law in Washington state, and has drawn support from Republicans as well as Democrats.

Sponsors are waiting for a hearing on Wednesday to see if the chemical industry turns out in opposition, as it has for past efforts to impose outright bans on chemicals.

Read the bill here

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