Colorado legislature passes bill banning ‘forever chemicals’ in products


Coloradans would no longer be able to sell or distribute a long list of products that contain so-called forever chemicals under a bill approved by the state’s legislature this week.

The bill, which would restrict some products as early as Jan. 1, 2024, passed both chambers with bipartisan support and is now headed to Gov. Jared Polis’s (D) desk.

On the list of products are carpets or rugs, cosmetics, fabric treatments, food packaging, juvenile products, oil and gas products, textiles furnishings and upholstered furniture, according to the bill.

Cookware that contains such compounds “in the handle of the product or in any product surface that comes into contact with food” would also need to disclose these ingredients on their product labels.

Forever chemicals — also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — are most notorious for their presence in jet fuel firefighting foams and industrial discharge, but they are also key ingredients in household products like those included in the Colorado ban.

There are thousands of types of PFAS, some of which are linked to testicular cancer, kidney cancer and a host of other illnesses. They earned the epithet “forever chemicals” due to their propensity to endure long-term in the human body and in the environment.

“Colorado has more PFAS sites than any other state, so I’m thrilled that we were able to overcome a number of hurdles and pass this bill,” State Rep. Lisa Cutter (D), co-sponsor of the bill, told The Hill in a statement.

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The Hill, 12-05-22