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ONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill to protect children from exposure to toxic chemicals, and Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlinsaid he supports the idea.
The House voted 120-22 to support a measure scaling back a Senate version that would give the health commissioner the power to require warning labels or to ban consumer products containing certain chemicals, instead focusing the measure on products used by children 12 and under.
Rep. David Deen, D-Westminster, is the lead sponsor of the bill.
“We’ve been waiting since the 1980s for the federal government to update the Toxic Substances Control Act,” the main federal law governing consumer exposure to chemicals, Deen said.
The Environmental Protection Agency has taken regulatory action on about 200 of the 84,000 chemicals in commercial use, and states are starting to step forwar
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