Oregon has a reputation for wild rivers and forests, scenic mountains and coastline, and a legacy of forward-thinking environmental policy to protect these resources. Yet not all is well in Oregon. Everyday exposures to toxic chemicals are risk factors contributing to illness in Oregon such as cancer, endocrine disruption and the most common chronic disease in children, asthma. There have been a few policies in the last decade that minimize exposure to toxic chemicals in products. Policies such as Governor Kitzhaber’s 2012 Executive Order 12-05 that sets environmentally friendly purchasing in janitorial products reflect a commitment to reducing toxics. In 2015, Oregon passed the Toxic Free Kids’ Act that requires manufacturers of children’s products to report and ultimately phase out high priority chemicals by 2021. And in 2017, Executive Orders 17-20 and 17-21 set procurement targets for residential, commercial, and public buildings and electric vehicles. Though the out-of-state American Chemistry Council has been active in lobbying against state legislation, such initiatives have found champions in both parties.

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