Democrat State Declares War On Forever Chemicals

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( – On Wednesday, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed a bill into law that would lead to a ban of “forever chemicals” in several consumer products. 

The law, SB-81, is an expansion on the state law which blocks the distribution or sale of certain products that contain PFAS compounds while also specifying the timeline for each ban to be implemented. 

PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are known for their resilience within the human body and other environments. These substances are also known for being linked to several serious illnesses, including many cancers. 

These compounds are often present in a variety of staple ingredients, including firefighting foam, household items, such as cosmetics, waterproof apparel, nonstick cookware, and several hygiene and menstrual necessities.

The previous legislation was passed in 2022 and blocked the sale or distribution of food packaging, carpets, fabric treatments, and items targeting children if they had PFAS. The restrictions went into place on January 1st, making Colorado the first place to impose such restrictions. On that same day, they also set up some restrictions on using firefighting foams.

The 2022 bill also included stipulations that blocked the sale of upholstery, indoor textile furnishing and cosmetics that include the compound after Jan. 1st, 2025, while the restrictions on outdoor textiles are set to go in place on Jan. 1st, 2027. 

The new law is an important step forward in having all of these products prohibited, despite some compromises on the timeline for having the bans implemented. 

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