On World Children’s Day Governor Cuomo Urged to

Sign the Child Safe Products Act

 

Coalition of Environmental Health and Justice Organizations Say New York Should Lead the Way Protecting Children Against Toxic Chemicals in Products Designed for Kids

New York, NY – On this World Children’s Day and as the holiday shopping season begins, a coalition of businesses, health care providers, environmental health and justice organizations are urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the Child Safe Products Act “to reveal hidden harmful unnecessary chemicals and eliminate the worst of them in items babies and children use every day.”

Noting that, with the Governor’s signature, New York will be a national leader in protecting children from exposure to these toxic chemicals that can have lifelong health consequences, they wrote “our children are depending on you.”

The Child Safe Products Act requires product makers to tell us if harmful chemicals are in what they sell. It requires manufacturers to phase out the most toxic chemicals— like formaldehyde, arsenic, and asbestos— in children’s products. And it creates a framework for reporting and banning additional dangerous chemicals in children’s products in the future.

Signators pointed out that, as the Trump Administration is weakening or delaying action on hazardous chemicals that can cause cancer, reproductive harm, and other serious illnesses, it is more important than ever for states like New York to lead the way to protect public health. A new report document the progress leading retailers are making to protect people – especially children – from harmful chemicals. New York can accelerate this progress exponentially by implementing the Child Safe Products Act.

Enacting the Child Safe Products Act is the highest 2019 priority for the JustGreen Partnership, a coalition of more than 50 organizations who are holding their annual meeting today in New York City. The legislation, nearly a decade in the making, passed both houses with strong bipartisan support on Earth Day. It is co-sponsored by Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Todd Kaminsky (D-9), Chair, and Assemblyman Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Steve Engelbright (D-4).

Following is the letter sent to Governor Cuomo, urging his immediate signature of the Child Safe Products Act. Open as a PDF here.

 

November 20, 2019

 

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

New York State Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224

 

Dear Governor Cuomo,

We write on behalf of the children of New York and the nation, and those who care for them, urging your signature of the Child Safe Products Act to reveal hidden harmful unnecessary chemicals and eliminate the worst of them in items young people use every day.

Our children’s health is threatened by harmful chemicals in many of the products that surround them: when they get dressed, at play, when they eat, at bath time, and when they sleep. These toxic chemicals are in clothes, cups, car seats. They are in bath toys, bibs, and beds. These hundred plus harmful chemicals of concern are everywhere. We just don’t know it. Parents need to know, and the harmful chemicals need to go.

The Child Safe Products Act, passed by the Senate and Assembly with broad bipartisan support, requires product makers to tell us if harmful chemicals are in what they sell. It requires manufacturers to phase out the most toxic chemicals— like formaldehyde, arsenic, and asbestos— in children’s products. And it creates a framework for reporting and banning additional dangerous chemicals in children’s products in the future.

As the Trump Administration is weakening or delaying action on hazardous chemicals that can cause cancer, reproductive harm, and other serious illnesses, it is more important than ever for states like New York to lead the way, in this way, to protect public health. A new report documents the progress leading retailers are making to protect people – especially children – from harmful chemicals. New York can accelerate this progress exponentially by implementing the Child Safe Products Act.

We are nurses and doctors, labor leaders and business leaders, teachers and technicians, scientists and activists, environmental advocates and more.  Together we represent more than a million New Yorkers from every county and corner of the state. Given your track record, we know you share our passion to protect the health of our children and our communities.  You have made clear your shared concern for the dangers of these unnecessary yet ubiquitous toxic chemicals. 

With your signature of the Child Safe Products Act, New York State is poised to be a national leader in the effort to protect children from exposure to these toxic chemicals that can have lifelong health consequences.

As the holiday shopping season begins in earnest, we urge you make history and change history by signing this bill. Our children are depending on you.

Respectfully yours,

 

Katie Huffling

Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments


Ben Anderson

Children’s Defense Fund – New York

 

Kathleen Curtis

Clean and Healthy New York

 

Eve Gartner

Earthjustice

 

Laura Weinberg

Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition

Beth Fiteni

Green Inside and Out, Inc.

Karen Joy Miller

Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition

Maida Galvez

Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center

Alexandra Zissu

Moms for a Non-Toxic New York

Avi Kar

Natural Resources Defense Council

Elie Ward

NYS American Academy of Pediatrics, Chapters 1, 2 & 3

Joshua Klainberg

New York League of Conservation Voters

Elizabeth Moran

New York Public Interest Research Group

Bob Rossi

New York Sustainable Business Council

Caitlin P. Ferrante

Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter

Martin H Wolf

Seventh Generation, Inc.

 

Peggy Shepard

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

 

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Clean and Healthy New York works for safer chemicals, a sustainable economy, and a healthier world. It co-leads the JustGreen Partnership, over 50 organizations working for environmental health and justice for New York’s people and communities, and leads the national Getting Ready for Baby campaign working to ensure all baby and children’s products are free of harmful chemicals.

The JustGreen Partnership is a coalition of about 50 groups representing nearly a million New Yorkers, all working together for environmental health and justice for New York’s people and communities. The Partnership focuses on transforming the policies that govern how chemicals are regulated or marketed in the great State of New York. Through our work, we are building a better movement for health and environmental justice in New York State.

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