Bill Regulates Use of Toxic Chemicals

In Olympia, lawmakers have voted to give the departments of Ecology and Health authority to take the lead on getting toxic chemicals out of consumer products. Dan Frizzell from the Washington State House Democratic Caucus has more.

PBDEs, PFAs, bisphenol A, asbestos . . . it seems like every year or two state lawmakers have to devote time and energy to craft legislation to get yet another toxic or cancer-causing chemical out of products like children’s pajamas or thermometers or automotive brakes. By the time the ink is dry on the new law, another chemical turns out to be a risk to human health or the environment, and the process starts all over again. The legislature voted last night to put the experts at the departments of Ecology and Health to work ferreting out chemical dangers and regulating their use. Representative Beth Doglio, Democrat from Olympia, sponsored the House version of the bill.

DOGLIO: “Toxic chemicals are in all kinds of products that we use every day. They get into our bodies and they get into the bodies of orcas and the chinook that feed them. This bill simply sets up a process to identify chemicals before they create an environmental disaster. This is all about health and safety.”

The original bill was amended by the House Appropriations Committee and now returns to the Senate for concurrence before heading to the governor’s desk.  In Olympia, I’m Dan Frizzell.