Phthalates are chemicals used to make plastics
Reducing toxic threatsMuch of the pollution that enters our environment comes from the small but steady releases of toxic chemicals contained in everyday products such as the brakes on our cars, flame retardants in our furniture, softeners in plastics, and metals in roofing materials. Some toxic chemicals impair development, some affect reproduction, some disrupt our body chemistry, and some cause cancer.
Ecology's Reducing Toxic Threats initiative focuses on identifying priority toxic chemicals and developing plans to reduce or eliminate their use, or to mitigate their impacts on people and the environment.
In 2015, Governor Jay Inslee proposed a comprehensive toxics reduction initiative to deal with these everyday toxics, tied to a plan to update Washington's water quality standards. Although the Legislature could not reach an agreement on the proposal, Gov. Inslee and Ecology remain committed to finding new ways to tackle everyday toxics.
What Ecology Is Doing
Chemicals and Hazards A-Z | Chemicals of High Concern to Children | Asbestos | Bisphenol A (BPA) | Diesel exhaust | Dioxins | Persistent, Bioaccumulative Toxics (PBTs) | Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Waste | Toxics in Packaging | Sediment Phthalates
Test Drinking Water for Lead
Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Consumer Products - Full report | Focus sheet
Search data on products Ecology has tested
Current regulations miss toxic pollution from everyday sources
Protecting our children's health from toxics. (Dept. of Health)
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