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Vt. businesses want toxins cut in consumer products

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Vermont lawmakers and environmentally friendly businesses say a proposed bill would direct the Vermont Health Department to create a list of harmful chemicals. Manufacturers would then have to disclose if any of those chemicals are in their products.

"It'll reduce public health costs. It'll reduce the cost of cleanup of our lakes in terms of toxins. It will increase the cache of Vermont businesses," said Rep. Ann Pugh, D-South Burlington, who is chair of the House Committee on Human Services.

That's because the goal is to get these companies to stop using toxins altogether.

"Subsequent years after that, manufacturers would have to remove those chemicals from any products that they want to sell in Vermont," Pugh said.

"There will be short-term costs to passing that bill, to putting it in place, but I think the long-term benefits far outweigh and what it will do is it will really move Vermont to the front of the pack," said John Replogle, the CEO of Seventh Generation.

It's called the Vermont Toxic Chemical Reform Legislation. Supporters hope to see more businesses jump on board, and are confident that the reform will create more competitive and innovative industries.

"Vermont needs to act because the federal government doesn't act quickly enough," Pugh said.

The legislation to get toxins out of consumer products will be introduced in the Senate this session.

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