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Maine is the first state in the country to ban PFAS “forever chemicals” in all products

July 15, 2021

Press Statement

Today, Maine’s groundbreaking bill that bans “intentionally added” toxic PFAS chemicals in all products by 2030 became law. The new law positions Maine as the first state in the country to establish a procedure to eliminate PFAS in all products, except where the state determines the use is “currently unavoidable,” meaning that the use is both critical for health or safety and a safer alternative is not available.

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Vermont Governor Signs First-in-Nation Restrictions on Toxic PFAS Chemicals

May 19, 2021

PRESS STATEMENT

PORTLAND, O.R.—Today, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed into law a nation-leading bill that restricts the sale of consumer products that contain toxic chemicals known as PFAS. The bill bans PFAS chemicals from firefighting foam, food packaging, ski wax, and carpets, rugs, and stain-resistant treatments.

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How the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act can help get toxic chemicals out of our products and communities

April 02, 2021

Renee Sharp

Last Thursday’s introduction of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (BFFPPA) by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) represents an ambitious attempt to address our plastic pollution crisis. Since so many toxic chemicals are plastic additives, reducing plastics can also reduce toxic chemical use and exposure.

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Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act Includes Toxics Provisions

March 24, 2021

Eduardo Valenzuela

Today, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) will join environmental advocates to discuss the reintroduction of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (BFFPPA). In response, Safer States strategic advisor Renée Sharp issued the following statement.

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New analysis finds at least 27 states will consider toxic chemical policies in 2021

February 03, 2021

Press Release

Safer States today released its annual analysis of anticipated state-level policies on toxic chemical regulation, finding that at least 27 states will consider policies in 2021. Safer States anticipates that at least 180 bills will be under consideration in 2021 and efforts to combat toxic PFAS chemicals will continue to be the most prevalent issue.

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2021 Analysis of Upcoming State Legislation on Toxic Chemicals

February 03, 2021

Sarah Doll

Safer States analyzed anticipated state-level policies on toxic chemical regulation, finding that at least 27 states will consider policies in 2021. Safer States anticipates that at least 180 bills will be under consideration in 2021 and efforts to combat toxic PFAS chemicals will continue to be the most prevalent issue.

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Protecting communities from toxic PFAS

November 12, 2020

Eduardo Valenzuela

While Safer States primarily focuses on stopping the use of toxic chemicals, another key aspect of our mission is to support the clean up of communities that have been impacted by toxic pollution. We are happy to report that we have seen many victories this year in this fight!

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State Legislatures Take the Lead on Turning off Tap on Toxic Chemicals

February 05, 2020

Gretchen Salter, 206-619-0973

At least 29 states will consider more than 180 policies to require companies to disclose what is in their products as well as limit exposures to toxic chemicals. These policies include bans on PFAS in food packaging and firefighting foam as well as bans on toxic flame retardants in electronics.

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State Legislatures Tackle Toxic Chemicals as Pruitt EPA Falters

February 12, 2018

Drake Skaggs & Gretchen Salter

In 2018, at least 23 states will consider at least 112 policies to limit exposures to toxic chemicals.

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Landmark FR Bill Passes in Maine

August 03, 2017

Jen Coleman

This week, the state of Maine proved its mettle as a champion of public health, passing a ban on all added flame retardant chemicals in new upholstered furniture starting next year. 

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