Lawmakers vote to require product-specific disclosure of toxic chemicals!

Today we won an important victory in the fight to protect our children from toxic chemicals.

Over the past few months, the Department of Health and the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) have been working through the rule-making process of Act. 188 to ensure the law is implemented as intended. Despite hearing from industry lobbyists up until the final hour, today LCAR formalized strong rules in favor of giving families the ability to make informed choices about the products they buy!

We were very supportive of the rules submitted by the Department of Health, particularly because it included a key provision requiring companies to disclose specific product information. There are 66 chemicals of high concern that Act 188 seeks to address by providing a framework to inform consumers and grant the Department of Health the ability to regulate chemicals in children’s products known to be dangerous to human health.

Thanks to the LCAR vote, starting in 2016 you’ll finally have access to this information through a user-friendly database on the Dept. of Health’s website, which will give Vermonters and folks across the country the ability to make informed purchasing decisions!

This is a GREAT step towards better protecting our children from toxics, and it wouldn’t have happened without you. THANK YOU, to all of you who messaged LCAR yesterday when we asked for your help, submitted comments to the Department of Health earlier this spring, or who have been active on this campaign over the past couple of years!

 

VPIRG and the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Vermont is continuing to work on the implementation of the Toxic Free Families Act in Vermont, as well as with our federal delegation and national partners to fight to keep Vermont’s right to regulate toxic substances.