Oregon senators took steps to regulate toxic chemicals in children's products and toys when they approved legislation Wednesday requiring a state agency to build a list of chemicals, such as arsenic, mercury and formaldehyde, found in items made for kids under the age of 12.
Under the bill, companies manufacturing children's toys and products, such as pacifiers, clothes and car seats, would have to inform the Oregon Health Authority they're made with ingredients that fall on the "list of high priority chemicals."
Supporters of the proposal, which include environmental groups, the Oregon Nurses Association and the Oregon Medical Association, have been arguing it will protect children from being exposed to harmful chemicals linked to developmental disorders and illnesses.
Congress is considering reforming the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, which regulates more than 80,000 chemicals that have been introduced on the market and are used in products ranging from cellphones to water bottles.
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