Sorry to bring up that scary subject of toxic plastics leaching into our children and our bodies but I just found out that the New York legislature is deciding on Monday on chemical policy reform that will impact the health of our children.
Your state legislators will be deciding the fate of phthalate and bisphenol A exposure for infants and children.
Phthalates and bisphenol A, found in many toys and childcare products, including the infamous “rubber duckies” and baby bottles, as well as many adult consumer products like some water and sports drink bottles are chemicals linked to cancer, impaired fetal development, early onset of puberty in girls, male infertility and other health effects.
Please find out, if you don’t already know, who your legislator is and write, call or email to let them know how seriously you take this issue. You can make a big difference by making just a few calls today! Call the Assembly Switchboard at 518- 455-4100 and ask for your own Assembly Member’s office and the Senate Switchboard at 518- 455-2800 and ask for your Senator’s office.
To look up your state legislator go to www.assembly.state.ny.us/ and www.senate.state.ny.us/
-Ask your assembly member to vote in favor of A. 333 and A. 11277 when they reach the floor and speak out in support of the bill during debate.
-Ask your state senator to tell Senator Bruno that they want S.8367 to move out of rules and to the senate floor, and then vote in favor of it.
-Call Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at 518-455-3791 to assure that the bill comes to the floor for debate and passage.
-Call Senator Majority Leader Joe Bruno at 518-455-3191 TODAY and ask him to move S.8367 out of Senate Rules and to the Senate Floor for passage.
According to the JustGreen Partnership, environmental, social justice, children’s advocacy and public health groups across the state are calling on legislators to pass legislation to protect children from high profile toxic chemicals common in everyday products, homes and schools. The bills would prevent children from exposure to chemicals that are linked to serious health problems – including cancer, aggressive behavior, learning disabilities, reproductive dysfunction and genital malformations.
Two bills have already passed the Assembly (lead prevention and decaBDE). Two have rapidly advanced to the Assembly Rules committee (phthalates and bisphenol-A) and are expected to pass that house. All four of the bills are in need of urgent action in the Senate. Groups also called for the passage of an e-recycling bill to require companies to take back old computers and televisions at the end of their useful life.
Prompted by growing scientific consensus about potential health impacts, these chemicals have been the subject of legislation in other states, regulatory action and voluntary market shifts, including recent federal CPSC recalls of leaded products, commitments by Wal-Mart, Target and Sears to phase out or limit products containing phthalates, Nalgene’s move away from bisphenol-A/polycarbonate sports bottles, and numerous electronics manufacturers’ switch from decaBDE to safer flame retardants.
The bills for which the Partnership seeks swift action include:
- 11277 (Englebright) – eliminates bisphenol A in childcare products and toys for children under fourteen.
- S. 8367. (Alesi)/A. 333-B (Fields) – limits phthalates in childcare products and toys for children under four.
- S. 5244 (Marcellino)/A. 7977-B (Sweeney) – phases out decaBDE, a toxic chemical used as a flame retardant, from electronics and furnishings.
- S. 6350 (Robach)/A. 6399-C (Gantt) – requires DOH to create a primary prevention plan for 30 communities outside of NYC hardest hit by lead poisoning, lowers blood-lead level action threshold, provides a tax credit to owners who make homes lead safe, and creates training programs to ensure effective lead abatement to achieve federal goal of ending lead poisoning by 2010.
- S. 7563 (Marcellino)/A. 8444-B (Sweeney) – creates an electronics take-back program to ensure a free, convenient method for recycling of TVs and computers paid for by manufacturers.
- WANT MORE INFO?
What Are Phthalates?
Clean New York http://www.clean-ny.org
Fact Sheet: is there a way to tell if a toy contains phthalates? Healthy Child, Healthy World
How to avoid phthalates in personal care products Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Bisphenol A Is Your Baby’s Bottle Harmful? Center for Health, Environment and Justice