States and cities are taking steps to ban toxic substances found in consumer goods ranging from TVs to baby bottles, rather than waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency or other federal agencies to yank them off the market.

Federal agencies “are not protecting the safety of the American public,” says state Rep. Ross Hunter, a Democrat who helped push a chemical ban through the Washington Legislature. “If the federal government won’t do it, then the states are going to have to do it.” …

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