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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/89/Peter_Shumlin_2012.jpg">Community College of Vermont</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Photo: Community College of Vermont, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Shumlin signs toxic chemicals bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a bill into law to protect children from exposure to toxic chemicals.

The law requires manufacturers to disclose if toxic chemicals that can cause harmful health effects are in products designed for children.

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The measure adopts a list of 66 chemicals identified by Washington state as of concern and sets up a new working group to advise the health commissioner on possible additions to the list.

Backers argued that the federal government was lagging in such regulation, and that Vermont should join the handful of states that have been stepping in.

Shumlin said Tuesday that preventing potential exposure to toxic chemicals is the best way to protect adults, children, and the environment.

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