Abstract Title

Session S-09C: Occurrences and Impacts of Emerging Contaminants

Proposed Abstract Title

What's Upstream? Toxic Chemicals Reported in Consumer Products in Washington

Presenter/Author Information

Nancy Uding, Washington Toxics CoalitionFollow

Keywords

Emerging Contaminants and Emergencies

Location

Room 606

Start Date

2-5-2014 10:30 AM

End Date

2-5-2014 12:00 PM

Description

Unregulated and undisclosed toxic chemicals are in everyday consumer products due to the weak and ineffective federal Toxic Substances Control Act. But in Washington State, under the Children's Safe Products Act, manufacturers of children's products must now report to the State if they sell products in WA that contain chemicals on a reporting list of 66 chemicals of high concern to children. Reporting requirements started phasing in in 2012 and manufacturers are now reporting thousands of children's products containing dozens of toxic chemicals. This is previously undisclosed product information. Chemicals reported include phthalates, heavy metals, solvents, flame retardants, and hormone-disruptors such as bisphenol A and nonylphenol. The upstream production and use of consumer products containing toxic chemicals has implications for the health of the Salish Sea. Toxic chemical information revealed through WA’s chemical disclosure law can assist in identifying chemicals of emerging concern for the Salish Sea.

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What's Upstream? Toxic Chemicals Reported in Consumer Products in Washington

Room 606

Unregulated and undisclosed toxic chemicals are in everyday consumer products due to the weak and ineffective federal Toxic Substances Control Act. But in Washington State, under the Children's Safe Products Act, manufacturers of children's products must now report to the State if they sell products in WA that contain chemicals on a reporting list of 66 chemicals of high concern to children. Reporting requirements started phasing in in 2012 and manufacturers are now reporting thousands of children's products containing dozens of toxic chemicals. This is previously undisclosed product information. Chemicals reported include phthalates, heavy metals, solvents, flame retardants, and hormone-disruptors such as bisphenol A and nonylphenol. The upstream production and use of consumer products containing toxic chemicals has implications for the health of the Salish Sea. Toxic chemical information revealed through WA’s chemical disclosure law can assist in identifying chemicals of emerging concern for the Salish Sea.