Protect Connecticut's Kids From Toxins
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Posted by: Jon Noel
Kudos to The Courant for publishing the op-ed by A. Karim Ahmed and Philip Landrigan, two experts who have studied the effects of toxic chemicals on our youngest citizens [April 30, "Toxic Chemicals Bill Would Protect Kids"].
Many scientific research studies link exposure to toxic chemicals to many serious illnesses, and yet the issue receives very little media coverage. The public is left to trust that if an item is specifically marketed for children and babies, then it most certainly must be safe for their use. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
A chemical disclosure bill before Connecticut lawmakers this year has been strongly opposed by the chemical and toy industries. This proposal begins the process of protecting our children from the most toxic of the nearly 80,000 chemicals in commerce today through a common-sense approach of identifying high-concern chemicals and making recommendations to replace them with less harmful alternatives.
Only a small fraction of the chemicals in commerce today have been safety tested under the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. With attempts at federal reform remaining at a standstill, it is more important than ever that individual states, including Connecticut, take necessary steps to protect the public's health.
Tracey Scraba, Tolland
The writer is the immediate past-president of the Connecticut Public Health Association
This Letter was originally published on 7:13 p.m. EDT, May 8, 2013 by the Hartford Courant. Click here to view the Letter in its original formatting.