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Massachusetts Drafts Bill Concerning Toxic Chemicals List in Children’s Consumer Products

April 20, 2015

The State of Massachusetts has introduced House Bill 697 which amends the General Laws by adding Sections 24-28 to Chapter 21 A and establishes that the Administrative Council of the Toxics Use Reduction Act shall publish and make available to the public a list of toxic chemicals in children’s consumer products via the Department of Environmental Protection website.

The Toxic Chemicals List shall include, at a minimum, the Washington State list of Chemicals of Concern and the State of Maine List of Chemicals of High Concern, excluding mercury. Other criteria to be included:

  • Chemicals recognized as carcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxins;
  • Chemicals recognized as persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic chemicals; and
  • Chemicals recognized as endocrine disruptors; and other chemicals of equivalent concern as determined by the institute in consultation with the science advisory board.
  • If the bill is passed, regulations pertaining to the enforcement of this act shall be issued no later than July 31, 2016.