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Posted: 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012
By Allison Latos
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A Charlotte mom is on a mission to protect her son.
Amy Bagwell's son, Charlie, is 6 years old. When he was a baby, Bagwell said she used bottles she didn't know contained chemicals that could give him cancer until her friends told her.
Bagwell said she’s angry companies can use chemicals like flame retardants in pajamas.
"Wrapping him, night after night, in something that could cause cancer seemed outrageous to me," Bagwell said.
Bagwell now searches for products that don't contain them and often has to purchase clothing for her son online.
North Carolina Rep. Pricey Harrison is picking up the fight and pushing for legislative changes through House Bill 1187, The Toxic Free Kids Act.
Harrison held a press conference in Raleigh on Wednesday morning. Her bill would ban chemicals TCDPP and TCEP beginning July 1, 2014.
It would establish a list of chemicals deemed dangerous to children and require companies that use them to notify the state, starting Nov. 1, 2013.
Harrison told Eyewitness News that North Carolina lawmakers need to act because federal laws are outdated.
"There is something like 80,000 chemicals used in commerce and only 200 of which have been tested for safety," Harrison said.
Opponents argue the law would put too much pressure on businesses.
“It might make doing business a little more expensive, but it is a little hard to justify poisoning our citizens to save on your bottom line," Harrison said.
"When it comes to our children, we all want them to be safe and healthy," Bagwell said.
Harrison said the legislation would reach beyond children's products.
If it doesn't make it through the short session, she's hoping to start a study on the issue and bring up the bill again next year. To read it, click here.
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