New York State ranks third in the nation in population and economy. Its children face significant health problems related to chemicals in the environment: Asthma incidence has tripled in the past three decades, and now affects a quarter of a million New York children. Over 180,000 New York children have a learning disability, and more than 660,000 have a developmental or behavioral disorder. Lead poisoning affects 2,200 children each year. Conservative cost estimates to New York of diseases of environmental origin are $4.35 billion annually. To address these concerns, New York has been a leader in laws to remove toxic chemicals from common products, including passing bans on mercury in products, PBDEs in products, the first in the nation ban on the carcinogenic flame retardant TCEP, and leading bans on BPA in baby bottles in four counties and then statewide.
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