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“The learning, behavioral and memory impairments linked to PBDE exposures are permanent, making it essential that we act swiftly to eliminate PBDEs,” said Barry Lawson, MD, Immediate Past President of the Washington Chapter of the
The letter notes that an estimated 300,000 children in
Judy Huntington, MN, RN, Executive Director of the Washington State Nurses Association noted the need to take legislative action to protect health. “Since PBDEs are everywhere in our food, homes and offices, there is no way for an individual to avoid exposure,” said
Signatories to the letter include leaders of the Washington State Medical Association, the Washington Chapter of the
Legislation to phase out all forms of PBDEs has passed out of the House (HB 1024), and currently awaits action in the Senate ((ESHB 1024). The legislation is supported by major Washington State health associations: Washington State Medical Association, Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Washington Academy of Family Physicians, the Washington State Nurses Association, Washington Association of Occupational Health Nurses, the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Washington State Chapter; the School Nurse Association of Washington, and the Washington State Public Health Association. The legislation is also supported by the Washington State Firefighters Association, the Washington State Council of Firefighters and many other health and environmental organizations.
This report contains a examination of the health impacts of exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and of the regulatory system in place to dictate their production and use. Fact sheets present this information in a shorter and more easy to read format. Read more »
The Toolkit is a combination of easy-to-use reference guides for health providers and user-friendly health education materials on preventing exposures to toxic chemicals and other substances that affect infant and child health. Read more »