2018 could be a big year for state-level toxics legislation: Analysis

Baby in pajamasFrom Environmental Health News, February 14, 2018.

As federal environmental action lags, states are “filling in the gaps,” according to a new analysis. More than one hundred state policies tackling toxics will be considered in 2018.

On the heels of a Trump Administration budget that proposes further cuts to environmental protection, a new analysis finds that states are taking up the slack in protecting people from toxic chemicals.

A report from Safer States, a network of U.S. environmental health coalitions and organizations, finds in 2018 at least 23 states will consider 112 policies to limit people’s exposure to a variety of harmful compounds.

Gretchen Salter, interim director of Safer States, said states are “doing what the federal government will not” and that “common sense” chemical reform could prevent diseases and an overburdened health care system.

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