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Big Oil Wants to Keep Toxins in Your Child's Toys

Kids should come before oil profits.
Far too many children's toys contain phthalates -- chemicals that help make plastic toys soft and flexible but also have known links to birth defects, fertility problems, early puberty, and breast and testicular cancer. A Congressional conference committee is considering banning the toxins, but Exxon Mobil, which manufactures one of the primary phthalates in toys, is using its millions of dollars in lobbying power to put up a fight. Four members of the Congressional committee are undecided. Help them make up their minds by writing them and encouraging them to vote "yes" on this amendment.

For more information about the amendment or phthalates, visit the Breast Cancer Fund.
Heather Gehlert is a managing editor at AlterNet.
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