Despite its small size, Vermont has been a leader in taking action to protect its citizens from exposure to toxic chemicals. Over the past decade, the state has restricted the use of harmful flame retardants including chlorinated Tris and Deca in certain consumer products. Vermont was also out front on banning toxic phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), mercury, and lead in children's and other consumer products. For next steps, Vermont would like to create a chemical safety program to address toxic chemicals more systematically and thoughtfully, similar to programs being implemented in several other states.

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