California governor signs bill banning ‘forever chemicals’

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California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed two laws banning the use of toxic “forever chemicals” in children’s products and disposable food packaging.

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The governor’s office also announced a package of bills aimed at improving recycling efforts across the state.

“California’s hallmark is solving problems through innovation, and we are using that spirit to reduce the waste filling our landfills and generating harmful pollutants driving the climate crisis,” said Mr. Newsom. said in a statement accompanying Tuesday’s signings.

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PFAS are a group of toxic compounds linked to renal, hepatic, immunological, developmental and reproductive issues, reportsmountain. Known as “forever chemicals,” they are present in fire extinguishing foam that leads to contaminated waterways and also in everyday household items including nonstick pans, toys, makeup, fast-food containers and waterproof clothing. important elements.

One of the laws, introduced by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, bans the use of PFAS in baby products such as car seats and cradles until July 1, 2023.

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“As a mother, it is hard for me to think of my child’s safety and well-being as a higher priority than my child’s,” Ms Friedman said in a statement. “PFAS has been linked to serious health problems, including hormone disruption, kidney and liver damage, thyroid disease and immune system disruption. This new law ends the use of PFAS in products made for our children.

The second law prohibits intentionally adding PFAS to food packaging and requires manufacturers to label cookware products that use PFAS and other chemicals with a warning. It is effective from January 1, 2023.

Mr Newsom also signed legislation banning the use of deceptive recycling labels as part of measures aimed at overhauling the state’s recycling operations.

“With today’s action and bold investments to transform our recycling systems, the state continues to lead the way to a more sustainable and resilient future for the planet and all of our communities,” said Mr. Newsom.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Gavin Newsom

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