The Children's Safe Products Act, which would ban specific toxic chemicals in childrens' products, has passed the Senate ahead of an important deadline.
"Washington is moving forward in protecting our littlest ones from chemicals we know are dangerous to their health, and that's important," said Sen. Nelson.
As Sen. Nelson introduced it, the act would have banned two specific chemicals known as “tris” from use in children’s products. These chemicals have clearly been linked to increased cancer risk, and yet they still are used in a variety of children’s products like car seats and changing pads. (See a report on the subject here.)
However, because of an amendment adopted in a narrow committee vote, the bill as passed bans only one of the two tris chemicals.
“I had hoped for a more robust approach and will continue to work for that approach. Regretfully, I know from working on earlier measures banning toxic chemicals that – as surprising as it may be to the public – taking toxics out of babies’ and children’s products can be an uphill battle in the Legislature,” said Nelson. “The chemical industry is spending a lot of money to defeat this legislation and to ensure their chemicals continue to have a market despite the impacts on our children. I am committed to passing a bill that moves us forward this year and truly protects our little ones.”
Bills that do not pass the chamber in which they were introduced by Tuesday evening are considered dead. The Children’s Safe Products Act, SB6120, is still alive and has moved to the House for consideration.