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Title 18 : Health

Chapter 038A : CHEMICALS OF HIGH CONCERN TO CHILDREN

(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 1774)
  • § 1774. Chemicals of High Concern to Children Working Group

    (a) Creation. The Chemicals of High Concern to Children Working Group (Working Group) is created within the Department of Health for the purpose of providing the Commissioner of Health advice and recommendations regarding implementation of the requirements of this chapter.

    (b) Membership.

    (1) The Working Group shall be composed of the following members who, except for ex officio members, shall be appointed by the Governor after consultation with the Commissioner of Health:

    (A) the Commissioner of Health or designee, who shall be the Chair of the Working Group;

    (B) the Commissioner of Environmental Conservation or designee;

    (C) the State Toxicologist or designee;

    (D) a representative of a public interest group in the State with experience in advocating for the regulation of toxic substances;

    (E) a representative of an organization within the State with expertise in issues related to the health of children or pregnant women;

    (F) one representative of businesses in the State that use chemicals in a manufacturing or production process or use chemicals that are used in a children's product manufactured in the State;

    (G) a scientist with expertise regarding the toxicity of chemicals; and

    (H) a representative of the children's products industry with expertise in existing State and national policies impacting children's products.

    (2)(A) In addition to the members of the Working Group appointed under subdivision (1) of this subsection, the Governor may appoint up to three additional adjunct members.

    (B) An adjunct member appointed under this subdivision (2) shall have expertise or knowledge of the chemical or children's product under review or shall have expertise or knowledge in the potential health effects of the chemical at issue.

    (C) Adjunct members appointed under this subdivision (2) shall have the same authority and powers as a member of the Working Group appointed under subdivision (1) of this subsection (b).

    (3) The members of the Working Group appointed under subdivision (1) of this subsection shall serve staggered three-year terms. The Governor may remove members of the Working Group who fail to attend three consecutive meetings and may appoint replacements. The Governor may reappoint members to serve more than one term.

    (c) Powers and duties. The Working Group shall:

    (1) review proposed chemicals for listing as a chemical of high concern to children under section 1773 of this title; and

    (2) recommend to the Commissioner of Health whether rules should be adopted under section 1776 of this title to regulate the sale or distribution of a children's product containing a chemical of high concern to children.

    (d) Commissioner of Health recommendation; assistance.

    (1) Beginning on July 1, 2017, and biennially thereafter, the Commissioner of Health shall recommend at least two chemicals of high concern to children in children's products for review by the Working Group. The Commissioner's recommendations shall be based on the degree of human health risks, exposure pathways, and impact on sensitive populations presented by a chemical of high concern to children.

    (2) The Working Group shall have the administrative, technical, and legal assistance of the Department of Health and the Agency of Natural Resources.

    (e) Meetings.

    (1) The Chair of the Working Group may convene the Working Group at any time, but no less frequently than at least twice a year.

    (2) A majority of the members of the Working Group, including adjunct members when appointed, shall constitute a quorum, and all action shall be taken upon a majority vote of the members present and voting.

    (f) Reimbursement. Members of the Working Group, including adjunct members, whose participation is not supported through their employment or association shall receive per diem compensation pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 1010 and reimbursement of travel expenses. A per diem authorized by this section shall be paid from the budget of the Department of Health. (Added 2013, No. 188 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. June 10, 2014; amended 2019, No. 75, § 3.)