Protecting the most vulnerable is vital to the survival of all of us and our planet. When it comes to toxic chemicals, one thing is clear: many of the same toxic chemicals that can harm humans, especially kids and other at risk populations, can also impact the health of orcas, their young, and their food sources.
It’s time for BOLD ACTION for kids and orcas. We must prevent toxic pollution from getting into our water, food, homes, bodies, and environment in the first place.
The Pollution Prevention for Our Future Act (SB 5135) is sponsored by Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island).
Specifically the legislation:
- Prioritizes for action five classes of chemicals in consumer products that are polluting our homes and threatening orcas, including phthalates, PFAS, toxic flame retardants, APEs, and PCBs.
- Directs Ecology to identify the largest sources of the chemicals in products and to take action to reduce the sources.
- Directs Ecology to prioritize the next classes of chemicals after recommendations on the first round priority chemicals and products are finalized.
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Current Status: SB 5135 passed the Senate by a vote of 25-24 and the House of Representatives by a vote of 60-37. It now awaits a concurrence vote in the Senate before heading to the Governor’s desk.
HB 1194, the House companion bill, did not make it to a vote in the House.
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