USCPSCThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to ban several harmful phthalate chemicals from plastic used in children’s toys and child care articles.

The agency finalized its rule on phthalates in response to a legal settlement approved by a judge in a lawsuit brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Environmental Justice Health Alliance (EJHA), and Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) against the CPSC last December. The final rule permanently bans five types of phthalates from use in children’s toys and child care articles.