Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New York State: 85 chemicals to avoid

New York State: 85 chemicals to avoid

"When someone with $8 billion a year in purchasing power tells the world what they don't want, marketers and manufacturers pay attention.

That's what's happened recently in New York, where state agencies operate 16,000 facilities and a fleet of 17,000 vehicles and generate more than 800,000 tons of waste a year. Those agencies are now working with an official policy that urges them, for the sake of public health, to avoid products, equipment and other items containing any of 85 toxic chemicals whenever safer, cost-effective alternatives are available. The goal is to minimize New Yorkers' exposure to these chemicals as much as possible and prevent them from ending up in the state's landfills."

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