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TOXINS: Stop childhood exposure to toxic chemicals

Letter by Diana Stadden, Tacoma on Feb. 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm | 25 Comments »
February 24, 2012 4:09 pm

As the mother of a child with autism, I am very concerned about toxic chemicals in my home. It is especially concerning that many harmful chemicals can legally be used in things kids use every day – toys, car seats, breast-feeding pillows.

The latest concern are toxic Tris flame retardants. One of these chemicals was even voluntarily removed from kids’ pajamas in the 1970s because of health concerns. But it’s back today in foam products for kids.

Although there is no one known cause for autism, it has linked to environmental toxins. These chemicals are also linked to cancer and developmental disabilities and have no business being in products for kids. There are safer and more effective ways to protect kids from fire than to expose them to toxic chemicals.

Getting rid of harmful chemicals that can hurt children should be a top priority of the Legislature. As a mom and as an advocate with The Arc of Washington State, I urge the Lgislature to pass the Toxic-Free Kids Act (SSB 6120) to eliminate one source of toxic chemicals from our homes.

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