It’s long been one of our state’s saddest absurdities: Toxic regulators have the authority to classify a child’s lead-tainted lunch box as hazardous waste – but can’t do anything to stop the child from eating lunch out of it.
That’s about to change. Yesterday, I was honored to join Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in Los Angeles as he signed two landmark chemical policy reform bills, AB 1879 by Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) and SB 509 by Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto). These two bills give California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control new authority to promote “green chemistry” practices aimed at lowering the toxic burden of products California families buy and use every day.
In my remarks at the signing ceremony, I hailed the most successful environmental legislation of 2008 in our state and asserted Sierra Club’s position that Californians should be able to buy products for our households without having to worry that we’re bringing home hazardous substances that could harm our families.
As Assemblymember Feuer put it, “Instead of putting partisan politics first, we’re putting peoples’ health first.” We worked hard all year long with Mr. Feuer and our allies at Breast Cancer Fund, CA League of Conservation Voters and Environment California to craft this landmark legislation.
For environmental health advocates like us, the hard work has just begun. I will continue to participate in the implementation of this law, standing up for a healthy future for all Californians.
Click here to watch the governor sign AB 1879 (opens as Windows Media Player file).
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