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TOXINS: Don’t water down bill protecting children

Letter by Andrea Hagedorn, University Place on March 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm with No Comments »
March 26, 2013 9:57 am

Re: “Scaled-back toxics bill before Senate” (newstribune.com, 3-19).

Our children and families are surrounded by toxic chemicals in products in our homes every single day. Lawmakers have an opportunity to rid our homes of toxic flame retardants, and they should seize this opportunity to protect Washington citizens.

As a grandparent of twin infant boys and a 3-year-old, it’s frustrating to read that the state Senate is considering weakening the Toxic Free Kids and Families Act (ESHB 1294), a bill that bans cancer-causing flame retardants in kids’ products and couches.

A stronger version passed the House of Representatives already. This is the version that the Senate should pass (ESHB 1294) because it not only gets rid of some of the worst toxic flame retardants, it ensures that replacement chemicals will be safe for our families.

I urge my senator, Mike Carrell, to stand up to the chemical industry, stand up for kids and pass a strong Toxic Free Kids and Families Act.

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