COALITION HOLDS RALLY AT CAPITOL TO URGE ACTION ON BILL TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS
Monday, April 28, 2014
Posted by: Jon Noel
HARTFORD -- The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut, State Representative Diana Urban (D-Stonington), House Chair of the General Assembly’s Children Committee and numerous other supportive lawmakers today held a Rally for Toxic-Free Kids at the State Capitol to urge immediate action on legislation aimed at protecting Connecticut’s youngest citizens from toxic chemicals in children’s products that include toys, bedding, shampoos, etc.
The legislative proposal, SB 126 AAC CHILDREN’S EXPOSURE TO CHEMICALS, would authorize the state Department of Public Health to monitor chemicals of concern to children and submit their findings to lawmakers in the form of a report every two years. Under the legislation, the report may also include recommendations on how to reduce exposure to the most egregious of these chemicals.
“Childhood brain cancer and leukemia has risen 20% since the 1970s, adult cancers of the breast, prostate, thyroid and kidney are on the rise, and autism spectrum disorder has seen a ten-fold increase in just over 15 years – research has shown a link between all of these and toxic chemical exposure,” said Anne Hulick RN, MSN, JD, Coordinator for the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut. “We need to start protecting our children now and this legislation is a common-sense step in the right direction.”
"It is evident that there is a link between toxic chemicals and childhood cancer as well as developmental delays," said Rep. Urban. "It is imperative that we protect our children from the terrible effects of exposure. By promoting green chemistry in Connecticut we can have a win-win situation. We can protect our children and build an environmentally sound industry. Kudos to the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT for their dedicated work for our children."
Joining the Coalition in support of the legislation was Jim Calhoun, former Men’s Head Basketball Coach for the University of Connecticut, who said that what has made this nation so great throughout its history – innovation and the drive to succeed – has unfortunately had some unforeseen consequences. “It has become increasingly clear that children today are being exposed to more chemicals than previous generations, and science indicates that these chemicals are likely negatively impacting their health and development,” stated Calhoun. “Our kids need protective legislation like Senate Bill 126, but they also need this nation’s companies to use that same innovation and enterprise to develop chemicals that are safe for kids.”
The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut is made up of more than 50 member organizations representing health professionals, parents, nurses, workers, businesses, environmentalists, occupational safety advocates, people of faith and individuals whose health has been impacted by toxic chemicals.