Conservation Minnesota

Healthy Legacy

Healthy-LegacyConservation Minnesota, in partnership with Clean Water Action, leads Healthy Legacy, a statewide, 37-member health-based coalition working to build support for broad chemical policy reform at the state and federal levels. Healthy Legacy promotes healthy lives by supporting the production and use of everyday products without toxic chemicals. Since 2007, Healthy Legacy helped pass eight bills regulating chemicals and promoting safer consumer products, including a first-in-the-nation ban on BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups; and the Toxic Free Kids Act of 2009, a landmark bill that provided a framework for identifying priority chemicals to which children would most likely be exposed. In 2013, we helped pass two bills with significant bipartisan support, including a ban on BPA in children’s food packaging (baby food jars, formula cans and toddler food) and a first in the nation ban on formaldehyde in personal care products for children under age 8.

Our policy agenda for the 2014 legislative session is advocating for passage of the Toxic Free Kids Act of 2014 (TFKA), which builds on current law that required the creation of a list of nine priority chemicals in children’s products. TFKA requires manufacturer reporting of priority chemicals in children’s products and provides for incentives to gradually phase out these chemicals. Passage of this policy will give parents access to information on which children’s products contain priority chemicals, so they can make safer consumer choices.

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