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Cadmium Does Not Belong in Children's Jewelry

Thursday, May 21, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melissa Touma
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Dear Friends,
I know you are bombarded with email requests right now but this is critically important.  The CT legislators are considering a bill that will increase the amount of allowable cadmium in children's jewelry!  You heard this right!
Cadmium is a heavy metal, like lead.  It is a known human carcinogen.  Its use in children's jewelry and other products seemed to rise after restrictions in lead were passed.  There are alternatives and the EU has banned cadmium completely in children's jewelry.
Ever since 2010 when we passed a precedent-setting law to restrict the amount of cadmium in children's jewelry, the jewelry trade association has fought to roll it back.  Last year, they were successful in lobbying for a task force to be set up to study the issue.  The task force unfortunately voted in favor of a compromise proposal that retains the 75 parts per million surface coating but increases the total amount of cadmium to 300ppm.   Then, the lobbyists were successful in getting a new bill introduced---titled An Act to Adopt the Recommendations of the Cadmium Task Force.  This innocuous sounding bill is slipping through--even with a fiscal note of over $94,000!!
We must make our voices heard!  Please contact your legislators and Governor Malloy TODAY and tell them to oppose HB 6743!  Cadmium has no place in children's jewelry and we don't need to add to our budget deficit by passing this bill! 
Watch for eblasts, facebook and twitter posts as well and please pass this far and wide.
Thanks for all you do!!
Best,
Anne
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Director, Connecticut Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund
Coordinator, Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT

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