Since 2007, the members of the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut have been working tirelessly to raise awareness of dangerous chemicals in products used by children. The last of these informational meetings before the bills would be voted on in committee in the state House and Senate was presented at the Stafford Public Library on April 7 by Susan Eastwood, the group’s communications director. The event was sponsored by the Stafford Grange and featured the showing of a short film called “Contaminated without Consent.”
Lawmakers and activists congregated at the capitol Thursday morning to press for action on a bill that would allow state government to monitor “chemicals of concern” in consumer products.
The bill, which is currently on the House calendar, calls for the Department of Public Health to create a list of potentially toxic substances and requires the department to provide recommendations for reducing human exposure to those chemicals. It targets chemicals that may be harmful to children in particular by requiring any chemical that shows up in umbilical cord blood or breast milk to be automatically added to the list.