I'm a nurse at Skagit Valley Hospital. With rates of diseases linked to toxic chemical exposures, including cancer, autism, and birth defects on the rise, you can't help but wonder why we put up with toxic chemicals in our products in the first place.
Right now, the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act is waiting to be voted on by the Senate. This bill would ban two dangerous flame retardants (TDCPP and TCEP) from children's products. Yet, the Senate bill doesn't go far enough.
I support the stronger version passed by the House, because it to prevent companies from switching to other harmful chemicals.
As a health provider, I believe prevention is the best practice as far keeping people healthy. The best thing that our government can do is rid products that contain toxic chemicals from stores and encourage companies to switch to safer alternatives. I urge our Senate Majority Leader, Senator Doug Ericksen, to bring up the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act to a vote, and support the strong version passed by the House.