US officials introduced kid-safe chemical bill

Proliferating news on leaching chemicals in kids’ mattresses, bottles, toys, and electronics have driven three government officials to introduce a new US chemical regulatory proposal targeting kid safety.

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and representatives Hilda Solis (D-Ca) and Henry Waxman (D-Ca) introduced the ‘Kid Safe Chemicals Act of 2008′ that would ensure for the first time that all the chemicals used in baby bottles, children’s toys and other products are proven to be safe before they are put on the market.

Highlights of the bill include:

  • Require Basic Data on Industrial Chemicals
  • Place the Burden on Industry to Demonstrate Safety
  • Restrict the Use of Dangerous Chemicals Found in Newborn Babies
  • Use New Scientific Evidence to Protect Health
  • Establish National Program to Assess Human Exposure
  • Expand the Public Right to Know on Toxic Chemicals
  • Invest in green chemistry

I thought most of these highlighted proposals are already being implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency and through the chemical industry’s responsible care programs?

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) did released a statement last week Wednesday pointing the pros and cons of the bill. The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) also released a statement noting that the bill’s REACH-like regime would deter and delay the introduction of beneficial new products and that it would hasten the movement offshore of U.S. manufacturing destined for export.

One thing for sure is to expect more chemical-related bill proposals this year.

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