Big Victories for Children’s Health in Vermont
No one should be exposed to toxic chemicals, but children are especially vulnerable. That’s why we have been working to ensure that Vermont protects children from toxics.
After years of advocacy, Vermont passed a law this spring requiring transparency, making information about toxics in children’s toys and products available to parents.
Now, parents will be able to make informed choices about what is safe for their children, and the process for the state to ban or regulate chemicals has been streamlined.
Vermont also passed a bill that requires all schools and childcare centers to test for lead in drinking water. After a pilot program showed that all 16 schools tested in Vermont last year had lead in their water, we joined activists in calling to test the rest. The law also requires schools to clean up lead levels that exceed four parts per billion, making it one of the strongest laws in the country.