“This is why I will work for the passage of H235 ‘An Act for Healthy Families and Businesses, currently sponsored by Representative Jay Kaufman.” The proposed act provides for the replacement over time of toxic chemicals used in consumer products found in homes, schools and businesses with safer alternatives. Noting that this is a public health and safety issue as well as an economic opportunity for Massachusetts-
“I share the concern of any parent who wants to do right by his kids,” said the Amesbury father of three under the age of five years old. “We all instinctively want to protect our kids from harm. It’s hard enough protecting them from things you can see but you shouldn’t have to worry about things in your kids’ toothpaste, shampoo and food,” Stanganelli added.
Citing environmental research, Stanganelli noted that as many as ninety percent of childhood cancers and increases in fertility problems as well as early puberty in girls may be a result of environmental exposure to toxic substances in our consumer products.
“There’s growing scientific consensus that chemicals used in our everyday lives are making us sicker. We can do better. Our laws need to catch up to our science,” he added noting that the federal Toxic Substances Control Act has been largely unchanged since the 1970s and has never called for testing of substances before being used in consumer products.
Stanganelli, a business owner, has called for smarter regulations to help economic development. “This common sense measure will lead to reforms that are good for public health as well as business.”
Safer products will lead to better, less costly health outcomes saving consumers as well as the government money in the long run. And by using innovative technologies and chemistry, we will create more opportunities for businesses through green growth locally as well as global sales, offered Stanganelli.
“We need a common sense approach to regulation. And this is a prime example of that common sense approach,” added Stanganelli.
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