Chemical industry opposes toxic substances bill in Oregon

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The American Chemical Council has come out against an Oregon bill to track and phase out substances shown to be toxic to children.

Spokeswoman Kathryn Murray St. John said in an email the group is concerned the bill would unnecessarily alarm parents about some children's products.

She says it's not good policy to say that the mere presence of a chemical can cause harm when the product has been approved by scientists at regulatory agencies.

The bill is patterned after a Washington state law. Companies with sales of more than $5 million would have to report products containing the substances, and how many are sold in Oregon. After five years, the companies would have to use something else unless they qualified for a waiver.

The measure is HB 3162.