Protecting Alaska’s firefighters and children from exposure to toxic chemicals – how you can help!
Thanks to Representatives Geran Tarr (D-Anc) and Harriet Drummond (D-Anc), who are co-sponsors of the Toxic-Free Firefighters and Children Act, Alaska will have an opportunity to join 43 other states and cities (including Anchorage) that have or will soon have legislation to protect their firefighters and children from the harmful effects of chemical flame retardants.
The Toxic-Free Firefighters and Children Act (HB 27) is a state bill that would ban the entire class of organohalogen, organophosphorus, and organonitrogen flame retardant chemicals from children’s toys, products, and furniture.
As Alaskans, there are many specific reasons why this issue is important:
- Due to wind and ocean currents, Alaskans are exposed to higher levels of toxic chemicals.
- Chemicals in household products are linked to cancer, miscarriages, and birth defects.
- Persistent synthetic chemicals contaminate fish, wildlife, and people.
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