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California Limits ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Textiles, Cosmetics (1)

Sept. 30, 2022, 2:54 PMUpdated: Sept. 30, 2022, 7:42 PM

California is banning “forever chemicals” in cosmetics and phasing out their use in textiles under legislation that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law.

The new safeguards are among the country’s strictest chemical protections in consumer products in the largest US cosmetics market and one of the world’s biggest economies.

In a bill signing on Thursday, Newsom (D) also vetoed another bill that would have required manufacturers to report products sold in or brought to California containing “forever chemicals,” also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS.

PFAS are a wide-ranging chemical class extremely resistant to degradation found everywhere from ...