Maryland is a national leader on toxic chemical reform thanks to the efforts of Maryland environmental and public health advocates and state leaders. Maryland has passed bans on the toxic chemicals cadmium and lead in children’s products; bisphenol-A in baby bottles and infant formula containers; and was the first state in the country to restrict the toxic flame retardant deca-BDE in household products. In 2020, Maryland set an important precedent for action on the east coast by banning the use of all toxic flame retardant chemicals in upholstered furniture, children’s products, and mattress foam.
There’s a lot more work to be done to protect Maryland families from the dangers of toxic chemicals, and with a robust public health community, Maryland has a great place to start. With chronic diseases rising, and Baltimore asthma rates above the national average, we must do everything we can to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals linked to cancer and chronic disease.
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