Despite its small size, Vermont has been a leader in taking action to protect its citizens from exposure to toxic chemicals. Over the past decade, the state has restricted the use of toxic flame retardants such as chlorinated Tris and Deca in certain consumer products. Vermont was also out front on banning toxic phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), mercury, and lead in children's and other consumer products. 

In 2021, Vermont went above and beyond by adopting a nation-leading bill that restricts the sale of consumer products that contain toxic chemicals known as PFAS. The bill bans PFAS chemicals from firefighting foam, food packaging, ski wax, and carpets, rugs, and stain-resistant treatments. This ground-breaking policy sends a strong message to the chemical industry and manufacturers that PFAS chemicals have no place in our products. 

In addition, Vermont was one of the first states in the nation to adopt drinking water standards for certain PFAS chemicals and to list these PFAS chemicals as hazardous waste.

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