Tuesday, April 20, 2010

IN THE NEWS: legistation to regulate toxic chemicals

Like many of you eco-minded parents out there, chemical exposure is one of reasons why I strive to have an eco-friendly household. Well here's some good news! Last Thursday, new federal legislation was introduced that aims to update our country’s law governing toxic chemicals. This new bill will provide more thorough regulations and safety requirements for toxic chemicals. Although the bill is not perfect, it is a big step towards protecting families and children from health hazards. (Check out the article I read.)

Most surprising is that our country’s chemical policy has not been changed since 1976, when the Toxic Substances Control Act was created. Technology and chemical use has changed immensely since the 70s and our families and kids are surely exposed to different hazards today. I am especially concerned about our kids because they are born into a world full of exposure to toxins. According to Maureen Swanson, of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, “Kids are more exposed to chemicals because they’re on the ground and put things in their mouths. “ And most of us aren’t even aware of what toxic chemicals we are exposed to, let alone what effects they may have on our health. One part of the new 2010 chemical legislation that I like is that chemical companies will be required to provide the public with health and safety information for all chemicals. Whether or not people pay attention to this information is a different story, but I think this kind of disclosure is a step in the right direction.

Perhaps another step to take is to also educate families on the toxins they are exposed to. If didn’t have an interest in eco-living, I probably wouldn’t have such a strong desire to avoid chemical exposure. But not all families have the time or interest to invest in researching toxins and green living. This is one of the reasons why I’m blogging: to easily share knowledge with other mom’s and parents out there! And I'll be sure to share with you any future news of interest when I find it!

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