Introduction to Unit discussions and related materials.
February Voter Article
Introduction to the issues surrounding toxic chemicals in products.
March Voter Article
More information about the issues and the forum
Toxic Inaction (October 2007)
An article in Harper's Magazine, October, 2007, by Mark Schapiro, editor of the Center for Investigative Reporting, describing the flaws in current U.S. regulatory policy toward toxic chemicals in products and framing the case for better public policy
Toxic Free Kids Act (01/13/20098)
A fact sheet about the Toxic Free Kids Act and reasoning behing the bill. The Chemicals pyramid graphic is a valuable image in understanding the phase out priority given to a variety of chemicals.
BPA Free Baby Products (01/13/2009)
A fact sheet describing the BPA-free Baby Products bill and the reasons for it
Bisphenol-A Bill Language (01/09/2009)
This bill is to protect the health of children, prohibiting bisphenol-A in children's products. HF326 Rep Karen Clark and SF247 Sen Sandra Rummel
Toxic Free Kids Act Bill (01/05/2009)
This is a bill to protect children from toxic chemicals in products, authorizing the Pollution Control Agency to designate priority chemicals of high concern and require replacement with safer alternatives. HF250, Rep. Kate Knuth and SF225, Sen. Linda Scheid
Thissen Bill (02/02/2009)
This bill relating to the environment would create an advisory council on development and regulation of consumer products.
Take Action! Ten Meaningful Ways to Protect Children's Health
Ten steps you can take to get involved with these issues
Healthy Lives Healthy Minds (November 2008)
A power point presentation given by Kathleen Schuler at the Healthy Lives Healthy Minds conference in Mls in November, 2008.
Price of Pollution: Executive summary (2006)
A power point presentation of Cost Estimates of Environment-Related Childhood Disease in Minnesota
House bans lead from children's toys (07/30/2008)
Star Tribune reporters tell how a Minneapolis 4-year -old's death from lead poisoning sparked a move for product safety. The article relates his story and the bipartisan legislative actin on the national level.
Congress Passes Toy Safety Standards on Lead and Phthalates in a Major Victory for Healthy Children and Healthy Toys (08/01/2008)
This press release from the Healthy Legacy coalition of Minneapolis describes legislative action regionally and nationally, citing the efforts of US Senator Amy Klobuchar and Minnesota Senator Sandy Rummel, and the veto by Minnesota Governor Pawlwnty.
Landmark Federal Ban on Phthalates in Toys Takes Effect (02/09/2009)
Parents, health advocates cheer; warn that proper implementation requires overhaul of Consumer Product Safety Commission leadership.