Monday, January 31, 2011

Minnesota Priority Chemicals For Toxic Free Kids Act

The 2009 Minnesota Toxic Free Kids Act (Minn. Stat. 2010 116.9401 – 116.9407) requires the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to create two lists of chemicals: “Chemicals of High Concern” and “Priority Chemicals.” Under the Law, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is also required to make recommendations about mechanisms to reduce and phase out the use of priority chemicals in children’s products and to promote the use of safer alternatives.

The list of Priority Chemicals was required to be published no later than February 1, 2011, but MDH can update the list whenever a new priority chemical is designated.

On January 31, 2011, the MDH published its Priority Chemicals, which include:

Bisphenol A (BPA) (CAS 80-05-7)
Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) (CAS 85-68-7)
Cadmium (CAS 7440-43-9)
Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) (CAS 1163-19-5)
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (CAS 84-74-2)
Di (2-ethyhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) (CAS 117-81-7)
Formaldehyde (CAS 50-00-0)
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) (CAS 3194-55-6)
Lead (CAS 7439-92-1)

In 2010, MDH released its list of “Chemicals of High Concern”. Click here for more information on Chemicals of High Concern.

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