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May 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Toxics: State should step in when federal government falls short

I was pleased to see The Seattle Times express concern about our nation’s outdated and inadequate chemical laws [“Congress must not undo state toxics regulations,” Opinion, April 27].

I too am concerned. As a cancer survivor and a mother of young children, I am troubled by what toxics do to our health. And I know how important it is to shield families from dangerous chemicals. I agree with The Times that current efforts in Congress to rewrite the Toxic Substances Control Act fall short.

Washington residents, for instance, could lose protections against several toxic chemicals that used to appear in everyday products. Like The Times, I believe our state should be able to set high standards for public health — especially if national laws fail to do so.

Emily Cousins, Seattle

Comments | More in Toxics | Topics: Emily Cousins, health, Toxic Substances Control Act

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