2014 Toxic Chemicals Legislation

Feb 17, 2014    Bookmark and Share

2014 Map of Active Toxics Legislation

We have long championed the good work being done in the states, as advocates step into statehouses and pass policies to protect their residents from harmful toxic chemicals. States have been introducing bills to reduce exposure to chemicals that have been linked to health problems such as cancer, cognitive learning problems, reproductive issues, endocrine disruption, early puberty, immune diseases, obesity and diabetes. And 2014 is no exception.

A wide breadth of bills have been introduced across this country this year. Take a look at the list and you will find policies that address individual chemicals like bisphenol A and cadmium, policies that address classes of chemicals such as flame retardants, and policies that create a holistic approach by creating a list of chemicals of concern or tackle disclosure and safer alternatives.

The 2014 toxics bills are detailed below, on this constantly-changing (and constantly-growing!) list. They can be sorted by state or type of policy, and provide links so you can read bill language in depth or see the latest status.

State Category Summary
AKChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHB 96. Requires state to identify chemicals that are a concern for children's health.

Requires makers of children's products to disclose presence of chemicals in products (Bill link)
AKChemical Prioritization & DisclosureSB 151. See SB 151 in Toxic Flame Retardants. (Bill link)
AKToxic Flame RetardantsSB 151. Publishes a list of chemicals of high concern (carcinogens, developmental toxicants, and endocrine disruptors that are persistant and bioaccumulative), bans the sale of the toxic flame retardant chlorinated Tris (TDCPP, TCEP, TCPP), and calls for participation in the Interstate Chemicals Clearing House. (Bill link)
AZBisphenol ASB 1376. Bans BPA from formula and baby food containers, requires it be replaced with the least toxic alternative. (Bill link)
AZGreen CleaningSB 1066. Establishes a green schools task force, which will (among other things) recommend a model green cleaning policy. (Bill link)
AZGreen CleaningSB 1072. Requires schools to adopt green cleaning policies, requires the department of education to determing green cleaning supply guidelines. (Bill link)
CACadmiumAB 1966. See AB 1966 in Lead. (Bill link)
CALeadAB 1966. Bans lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chrome from packaging materials. (Bill link)
CAMercuryAB 1966. See AB 1966 in Lead. (Bill link)
CTChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHB 5036/SB 126. Creates a list of chemicals of high concern to children including those that are listed by Maine and Washington, and meet other criteria. Requires a list of consumer products containing listed chemicals, and plans for phasing them out. (Bill link)
CTState Agency Authority to Phase OutHB 5036/SB 126. See HB 5036/SB 126 in Chemical Prioritization & Disclosure (Bill link)
CTToxic Flame RetardantsHB 5035. Bans toxic flame retardants (TDCPP, TDCP, TCEP, TCCP) from children's products starting 10/1/2015 (Bill link)
CTChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHB 5354. Creates a list of chemicals of high concern to children. Requires a list of consumer products containing listed chemicals, and plans for phasing them out. (Bill link)
CAToxic Flame RetardantsSB 1019. Requires products to indicate if they contain added flame retardants, and make information available online. (Bill link)
CTState Agency Authority to Phase OutHB 5354. See HB 5354 in Chemical Prioritization and disclosure (Bill link)
CTBisphenol ASB 316. Requires food packaging containing BPA to be clearly labelled as such. (Bill link)
DEBisphenol AHB 109. Extends BPA ban to cover all reusable food and drink containers, and all children's food packaging. Identifies chemicals that cannot be substituted for BPA, and requires labeling. (Bill link)
DEChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHB 111. Requires state to identify chemicals that are a concern for children's health. (Bill link)
DEToxic Flame RetardantsHB 110. Bans children’s products or furniture containing Chlorinated Tris (TDCPP, TCEP, TCPP) or any 'chemical of high concern.' (Bill link)
FLChemical PrioritizationHB 991/SB 1180. Requires the Department of Health to develop and publish a list of chemicals of high concern. (Bill link)
HIBisphenol ASB 2573. Bans BPA and phthalates in children's products. Requires use of safer replacement chemicals or materials.

Bans product packaging containing heavy metals lead, cadmium, mercury, or hexavalent chromium.

Bans vinyl intravenous solution bags and tubing in state hospitals. (Bill link)
HIBisphenol AHB 396. Bans BPA from children's reusable food and drink containers. (Bill link)
HIBisphenol ASB 383. Bans BPA and phthalates in children's products.

Requires use of least toxic replacement chemicals or materials. (Bill link)
HIBisphenol ASB 384. Bans BPA and phthalates in children's food and drink containers. Requires use of least toxic replacement chemicals or materials. (Bill link)
HICadmiumSB 2573. See SB 2573 in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
HICadmiumHB 585. Bans cadmium in children's products. (Bill link)
HICadmiumHCR 27. See HCR 27 in Mercury. (Bill link)
HILeadSB 2573. See SB 2573 in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
HIMercurySB 2007/HB 2155. Requires crematoriums to have filters to trap mercury particles from emission. (Bill link)
HIMercuryHCR 27. Requests Honolulu establish drop-off sites for batteries, compact flourescent light bulbs, and other household hazardous materials, and develop and implement public awareness campaigns. (Bill link)
HIPhthalatesHB 396. See HB 396 in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
HIPhthalatesSB 383. See SB 383 in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
HIPhthalatesSB 384. See SB 384 in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
HIToxic Chemicals GeneralHCR 27. See HCR 27 in Mercury. (Bill link)
HIVinylSB 2573. See SB 2573 in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
IAFormaldehydeSF 2161. Bans children's products containing formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing chemicals. (Bill link)
IATriclosanSF 2346. Bans soap, hand sanitizer, or toothpaste containing triclosan, and requires it be replaced with the least toxic alternative. (Bill link)
IDToxic Chemicals GeneralSCR 135. Encourages companies to disclose and avoid substances likely to be harmful and to substitute safer alternatives whenever feasible in household products, especially those likely to be used by pregnant women and children. (Bill link)
IDToxic Chemicals GeneralS 1273. Establishes that cancer is an occupational disease for firefighters; provides for compensation. (Bill link)
IDToxic Flame RetardantsS 1273. See S 1273 in Toxic Chemicals General. (Bill link)
ILChemical PrioritizationHB 5857. Creates a task force to evaluate the risk of chemicals in consumer products, and recommend if further legislation is needed. (Bill link)
ILFormaldehydeHB 5885. Bans formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing chemicals from children's products, prohibits replacing with a chemical known or suspected to cause harm. (Bill link)
ILToxic Chemicals GeneralHB 5857. See HB 5857 in Chemical Prioritization. (Bill link)
ILToxic Flame RetardantsHB 2921. Bans toxic the flame retardants TDCPP, TCEP, and TCPP, and any flame retardant identified by state as a concern for health, in children's products or home furniture. (Bill link)
ILToxic Chemicals GeneralHR 886. Supports the National Black Caucus of State Legislators in urging an update to TSCA, and urges governor to support state-level toxics legislation. (Bill link)
KYBisphenol AHB 147. Bans BPA in reusable food or beverage containers, infant formula or baby food containers, prohibits replacement of bisphenol-A with carcinogens or reproductive toxicants. (Bill link)
KYGreen CleaningSR 60. Promotes the benefits of green schools (including green cleaning programs) (Bill link)
KYToxic Chemicals GeneralHB 27. Establishes that cancer is an occupational disease for full-time firefighters; establishes the guidelines for compensation; and establishes the types of carcinogens associated with specific types of cancers. (Bill link)
KYToxic Chemicals GeneralHB 153. Establishes that cancer is an occupational disease for full-time firefighters; establishes the guidelines for compensation; and establishes the types of carcinogens associated with specific types of cancers. (Bill link)
KYToxic Flame RetardantsHB 27. See HB 27 in Toxic Chemicals General. (Bill link)
KYToxic Flame RetardantsHB 153. See HB 153 in Toxic Chemicals General. (Bill link)
MABisphenol ASB 400/HB 1992. Bans BPA in children's products. Prohibits use of replacement chemicals that are linked to cancer or reproductive health problems. (Bill link)
MACadmiumSB 990. Bans cadmium in kids' jewelry and dishware. (Bill link)
MAChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHB235/SB354. Requires state to identify chemicals that are a concern for children's health.

Authorizes state to phase out certain chemicals of concern in children's products.

Creates process to identify safer alternatives to priority chemicals.

Provides technical assistance and support to businesses to adopt safer alternatives. (Bill link)
MAGreen CleaningH 2086/S1016. Requires safe cleaning products be used in schools, day care centers, public buildings, and common areas of public housing. (Bill link)
MAMercuryHB 814/SB 396. Requires manufacturers of mercury-added lamps to establish approved recycling programs, bans the sale of lamps if programs not in place. (Bill link)
MASafe CosmeticsH 1990. Requires cosmetics makers to report to state all of their products that contain cancer-causing or other toxic chemicals. (Bill link)
MAState Agency Authority to Phase OutHB235/SB354. See HB235/SB354 in Chemical Prioritization & Disclosure. (Bill link)
MAToxic Chemicals GeneralH 1990. See H 1990 in Safe Cosmetics. (Bill link)
MAToxic Flame RetardantsSB 351 Bans the toxic flame retardants TDCPP, TCEP, TCPP, PBDEs, and chemicals of high concern, in children's products or home furniture. (Bill link)
MDToxic Flame RetardantsHB 229. Bans kids' products containing the toxic flame retardant Tris (TDCPP). (Bill link)
MICadmiumSB 17. Bans cadmium, lead and mercury in children's products. (Bill link)
MIChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHB 4795/SB 399. Publishes a list of chemicals of high concern (carcinogens, developmental toxicants, and endocrine disruptors that are persistant and bioaccumulative), and comes up with a plan to protect children from them. (Bill link)
MIChemical ReportingHB 4796/SB 400. Requires makers of children's products and distributors of children's products to disclose presence of chemicals of greatest concern in children's products. (Bill link)
MILeadSB 17. See SB 17 in Lead category. (Bill link)
MIMercurySB 17. See SB 17 in Lead category. (Bill link)
MNChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHF 605/SF 466. See HF 605/SF 466 in Chemical Reporting. (Bill link)
MNChemical ReportingHF 605/SF 466. Requires makers of children's products to disclose presence of chemicals of concern in products. (Bill link)
MNTriclosanHF 1322/SF 1166. Prohibits the sale of personal care products, cosmetics, and cleaning products containing triclosan. (Bill link)
MNTriclosanHF 1779. Requires childcare providers use disinfectant that does not contain triclosan or its derivitives. (Bill link)
MNTriclosanHF 2772. Prohibits the sale of products containing triclosan for sanitizing or hand/body cleansing. (Bill link)
MNLeadHF 2542/SF 2192. Bans added lead and mercury from wheel weights. (Bill link)
MNMercuryHF 2542/SF 2192. See HF 2542/SF 2192 in Lead. (Bill link)
MSCadmiumHB 144. See HB 144 in Lead. (Bill link)
MSLeadHB 144. Bans lead, cadmium and phthalates from children's products. (Bill link)
MSPhthalatesHB 144. See HB 144 in Lead. (Bill link)
NCBisphenol AHB 848. Bans toxic flame retadant TDCPP, BPA, and phthalates in children's products. Requires state to identify chemicals that are a concern for children's health. Requires makers of children's products to disclose presence of chemicals in products and requires alternatives assessment. (Bill link)
NCChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHB 848. See HB 848 in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
NCGreen CleaningHB 803. Requires schools to enact green cleaning policies when economically feasible, enacts commission to come up with guidelines. (Bill link)
NCPhthalatesHB 848. See HB 848 in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
NCToxic Flame RetardantsHB 848. See HB 848 in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
NEBisphenol ALB 696. Bans BPA from reusable food and beverage containers, bans BPA in children's food packaging, and requires food packaging with BPA to be labeled. Requires it not be replaced with a carcinogen or reproductive toxicant. (Bill link)
NECadmiumLB 454. Requires manufacturers to disclose whether electronics equipment exceeds the maximum amounts of lead, cadmium, mercury and PBDEs specified by 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament (Bill link)
NELeadLB 454. See LB 454 in Cadmium category. (Bill link)
NEMercuryLB 454. See LB 454 in Cadmium category. (Bill link)
NEPBDEsLB 454. See LB 454 in Cadmium category.
NJBisphenol AA 1821. Bans BPA in food and beverage packaging, and reusable food and beverage containers. (Bill link)
NJBisphenol AACR 109. Urges Congress to ban phthalates and bisphenol A from children's products. (Bill link)
NJCadmiumA 626. See A 626 in Lead. (Bill link)
NJLeadA 626. Bans kids' products containing lead, mercury or cadmium. (Bill link)
NJMercuryA 626. See A 626 in Lead. (Bill link)
NJMercuryA 1353. Eliminates vaccines containing mercury. (Bill link)
NJPhthalatesACR 109. See ACR 109 in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
NJmercuryS 1402. Bans mercury batteries. (Bill link)
NJphthalatesS 1444. Bans the sale of jewelry containing phthalates. (Bill link)
NYBisphenol AAB 5978. Bans BPA in food and beverages in containers containing bisphenol A.

Requires manufacturers to use least toxic replacement chemicals. (Bill link)
NYBisphenol AAB 1654/SB 3513. Bans BPA in cash register and other retail receipts. (Bill link)
NYBisphenol ASB 3533/AB 6107. Bans BPA in toys and chidlren's food and beverage containers.

Requires use of least toxic replacement chemicals. (Bill link)
NYBisphenol ASB 3608/AB 6230. Bans BPA in cash register and other retail receipts. (Bill link)
NYBisphenol AAB 8454/SB 4709. Bans BPA in cash register and other retail receipts. (Bill link)
NYBisphenol AAB 5883. Bans BPA in hot beverage lids.

Bans phthalates in hot beverage lids. (Bill link)
NYCadmiumSB 854. Bans cadmium in children's jewelry. (Bill link)
NYCadmiumAB 5615. Directs commissioner of health to establish standards for cadmium in children's jewelry. (Bill link)
NYCadmiumAB 4822. Bans cadmium in novelty items, including jewelry, toys and ornaments. (Bill link)
NYCadmiumAB 3099/SB 405. Bans lead and cadmium in brake pads. (Bill link)
NYCadmiumSB 4086/AB 5486. See SB 4086/AB 5486 in Lead. (Bill link)
NYCadmiumSB 853/AB 5813. See SB 853/AB 5813 in Lead. (Bill link)
NYChemical Prioritization & DisclosureAB 6328/SB 4614. Requires makers of children's products to disclose presence of chemicals of concern in products. Authorizes state to phase out certain chemicals of concern in children's products. (Bill link)
NYFormaldehydeSB 6415. Bans formaldehyde in children's products. (Bill link)
NYFormaldehydeAB 710. See AB 710 in Phthalates. (Bill link)
NYGreen ProcurementAB 6012. Sets out green procurement policies, including products that meet flammability standards without the use of toxic flame retardants, and addresses mercury-added products. (Bill link)
NYGreen PurchasingSB 875/AB 6046. Instructs state to make purchases that minimize adverse impacts on public health and the environment. (Bill link)
NYLeadAB 3099/SB 405. See AB 3099/SB 405 in Cadmium category. (Bill link)
NYLeadSB 4086/AB 5486. Provides for a study on the use of synthetic turf (which can contain lead and cadmium), establishes a moratorium pending report. (Bill link)
NYLeadSB 853/AB 5813. Directs the department of public health to conduct a study on the use of synthetic turf (which can contain lead and cadmium). (Bill link)
NYMercuryAB 6012. See AB 6012 in Green Procurement. (Bill link)
NYMercuryAB 777. Requires anyone selling a product with mercury to notify the state, bans the sale of mercury-added products unless an exemption has been granted and a collection system is in place. (Bill link)
NYMercuryAB 1360. Requires vehicle manufacturers to implement a program for collection of mercury switches. (Bill link)
NYMercuryAB 1604/SB 4318. Requires vehicle manufacturers to implement a program for collection of mercury switches. (Bill link)
NYMercuryAB 1768/SB 730. Requires producers of mercury-added lamps to develop and implement a collection plan, and report on their progress. (Bill link)
NYMercuryAB 2048/SB 732. Bans the sale of mercury-added lamps that exceed certain mercury limits. (Bill link)
NYMercurySB 6514. Bans the sale of mercury-added lamps that exceed certain mercury limits. (Bill link)
NYMercuryAB 5277/SB 1600. Bans the sale of electric lights that exceed certain mercury limits. (Bill link)
NYMercuryAB 6403. Bans the purchase and storage of mercury by schools, allows use of existing mercury instruments only if no replacement is possible, and requires the commissioner of health to develop and distribute materials on mercury hazards and protection. (Bill link)
NYMercuryAB 6405. Bans the sale of mercury thermometers without a prescription. (Bill link)
NYMercuryAB 8084/SB 1676. Requires manufacturers selling mercury thermostats to have a collection program in place, to distribute containers and information, and report back on the program. (Bill link)
NYPhthalatesAB 5883. See AB 5883 in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
NYPhthalatesAB 5295. Bans phthalates in certain toys and child care products. (Bill link)
NYPhthalatesAB 710. Bans dibutylphthalate, formaldehyde, and toluene in nail polish and nail hardener. (Bill link)
NYSafe CosmeticsAB 4765. Requires cosmetics makers to report to state all of their products that contain cancer-causing or other toxic chemicals. Authorizes state to determine whether any adverse health effects could result from exposure to the cosmetic. (Bill link)
NYTolueneAB 710. See AB 710 in Phthalates. (Bill link)
NYToxic Chemicals GeneralAB 4765. See AB 4765 in Safe Cosmetics. (Bill link)
NYToxic Chemicals GeneralAB 281. Requires state to apply precautionary principle to public health and environment matters. (Bill link)
NYToxic Flame RetardantsAB 6012. See AB 6012 in Green Procurement. (Bill link)
NYToxic Flame RetardantsSB 2201. Bans the toxic flame retardant decaBDE in certain products. (Bill link)
NYToxic Flame RetardantsAB 4741/SB 3703. Bans toxic flame retardant TDCPP in children's products for kids three years of age and younger. (Bill link)
NYToxic Flame RetardantsAB 6557/SB 4780. Bans the sale of residential furniture with flame retardants (including but not limited to TDCPP and phosphorus-bromine retardants). (Bill link)
NYTriclosanAB 8697. Bans the sale of cosmetics, personal care products, and cleaning products containing triclosan. (Bill link)
NYTriclosanAB 8707. Prohibits state agencies from purchasing hand soap or cleaning products containing triclosan. (Bill link)
NYBisphenol AAB 8912. Bans BPA and phthalates from toys and child care products. (Bill link)
NYPhthalatesAB 8912. See AB 8912 in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
ORChemical Prioritization & DisclosureSB 1569. Creates a list of chemicals of concern for children and requires manufacturer disclosure. Also requires phase-out of chemicals in some cases and allows for waivers. (Bill link)
PABisphenol AHB 377/SB 490. Bans BPA in children's products. (Bill link)
PABisphenol AHB 951. Bans BPA in food and beverage containers. Requires manufacturers to use least toxic replacement chemicals. (Bill link)
RIGreen CleaningH 7827. Requires the use of environmentally preferable cleaning products in all primary and secondary schools. (Bill link)
RILeadH7838/S 2628. Requires the use of nontoxic ammunition when hunting wildlife. (Bill link)
SCFormaldehydeS 5101. Bans children's products containing formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, specifies it can't be replaced with other harmful chemicals. (Bill link)
TNBisphenol AHB 242/SB 698. Bans BPA in certain food and drink containers.

Requires labeling of certain food and drinks sold in packages containing BPA. (Bill link)
TNGreen CleaningHB 115/SB 507. Establishes a green schools task force, which will develop green cleaning policies. (Bill link)
VTChemical Prioritization & DisclosureS239. Establishes a process for identifying chemicals of high concern; prohibits sale or distribution of consumer products containing priority chemicals. (Bill link)
VTSafe CosmeticsH 308. Requires cosmetics makers to report to state all of their products that contain cancer-causing or other toxic chemicals. Authorizes Board of Health to determine whether any adverse health effects could result from exposure to the cosmetic. (Bill link)
VTState Agency Authority to Phase OutS239. See S239 in Chemical Prioritization & Disclosure (Bill link)
VTToxic Chemicals GeneralH 308. See H 308 in Safe Cosmetics. (Bill link)
WABisphenol AHB 2779. Bans phthalates and BPA from kids' food packaging and sports bottles, specifies they not be replaced with other toxic chemicals, requires labeling on adult food packaging. (Bill link)
WAMercurySB 5658. Requires producers of mercury-containing lights to pay a fee that will cover their recycling costs. (Bill link)
WAPCBsSB 6086. Establishes a procurement policy avoiding PCBs. (Bill link)
WAPhthalatesHB 2779. See HB 2779 in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
WAToxic Flame RetardantsSB 5933. Bans the use of flame retardents in children's products and residential upholstered furniture. (Bill link)
WAToxic Flame RetardantsSB 6540. Bans the use of Chlorinated Tris (TDCPP, TCEP) from children's products and residential upholstered furniture. (Bill link)
WAToxic Flame RetardantsSB 6048. Bans toxic flame retardants TDCPP and TCEP and any chemical on state's list of high priority chemicals in children's products and home furniture. (Bill link)
WAToxic Flame RetardantsSB 5933. Bans the use of flame retardents in children's products and residential upholstered furniture. (Bill link)
WAToxic Flame RetardantsSB 6540. Bans the use of Chlorinated Tris (TDCPP, TCEP) from children's products and residential upholstered furniture. (Bill link)
WIBisphenol AAB 607. Prohibits BPA in food and beverage packaging unless labeled as such. (Bill link)
WIMercuryAB 424. Requires manufacturers of mercury thermostat to implement an approved recycling plan, including collection and education, and requires reporting on progress. (Bill link)
WVBisphenol AHB 2305. Bans BPA from baby food/formula containers, and reusable food and beverage containers. (Bill link)

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