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Earth Day Push: NY Lawmakers to Protect Newborns

PHOTO baby in crib: Photo Credit: Nadeau
PHOTO baby in crib: Photo Credit: Nadeau
April 23, 2013

NEW YORK - Children are the people most susceptible to harmful effects from toxic chemicals, and that's why advocates across New York are using Earth Day to press New York lawmakers to take action on the Child Safe Products Act.

The grassroots lobby's agenda is clear, according to Saima Anjam, government affairs associate with Environmental advocates of New York: Target the most harmful chemicals contained in children's products and get state lawmakers to start ridding the marketplace of those threats.

"Newborn babies spend at least 20 hours a day either in a car seat or on a crib mattress or on a nap," Anjam declared. "So, by getting rid of the toxic chemicals, we're protecting them from a whole host of problems down the line."

A bill pending before state lawmakers would phase out children's products which contain priority chemicals, deemed the most harmful, starting in 2018.

Anjam said flame-retardant chemicals are a good example of the problem. She charged that many of these chemicals do little good in suppressing fire, and some have been banned in other products before, but they keep popping back up.

"Back in the '70s, this chemical (TDCPP) was banned in children's pajamas, but now we are finding it in car seats and children's crib mattresses; they're very toxic, they show up in the body - especially in the urine - after just one night of exposure."

She said the bill pending before state lawmakers also requires disclosure to New York consumers about whether their products contain toxic chemicals.

The Bills are S.4614 (Boyle, et al.) and A.6328 (Sweeney, et al.).

A rally and in-person lobbying of lawmakers on the measure are planned this morning in Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building in Albany, starting at 10 a.m.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY