Let's pass the Toxics-Free Babies & Toddlers Act in California!
We're working hard to pass the Toxics-Free Babies & Toddlers Act in California - a strong, effective law to minimize young children's exposures to bisphenol-A (BPA).
We hope you'll speak up, too.
SB 797 will be voted on by the California State Assembly in late August or early September. This is the final step before the bill hits the Governor's desk.
July 31, 2014
Please vote for the Toxics-Free Babies and Toddlers Act
Dear Assembly member
You will soon be asked to vote on a bill that is extremely important for protecting the health of California's children. Senator Pavley's SB 797, the Toxics-Free Babies and Toddlers Act, requires all baby bottles, sippy cups, formula cans, and baby food jars sold in California to be essentially free of the toxic hormone disruptor BPA (bisphenol-A). The science is clear -- BPA is dangerous to growing bodies and implicated in diseases and problems such as diabetes, heart disease, neurological disorders, and cancer. Companies are starting to eliminate BPA from their products voluntarily because they see the writing on the wall. In early August, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued an advisory to new moms recommending that they avoid exposing themselves and their children to BPA. The technology is clear -- there are safe substitutes already on the market for bottles, cups and formula cans. All parents should be able to walk into a store and buy a safe product without doing research or reading the fine print. The policy is clear -- the "Green Chemistry Initiative" is laudable but will take years to implement. BPA is a known and immediate threat to the half a million babies born in California each year. California must lead on behalf of our children. They shouldn’t have to wait for a regulatory process to unfold or for the federal government to act. This is a good-news bill for children in a year where there has been much bad news. SB 797 will save the state money in the long run: many of the developmental problems to which BPA has been linked are extremely expensive for California taxpayers, As your constituent and a supporter of the Environmental Working Group, I urge you to vote yes on SB 797! Sincerely,
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