Looming phase-out of lead-containing paints elates toxics watchdog
Source: The Philippine Information Agency, Date: , 2016
Philippine, Dec 29, 2016 : A non-profit watch group on toxic chemicals has lauded the fast approaching deadline for the phase-out of lead-containing architectural, household and decorative (AHD) paints on December 31, 2016 as a “victory for children’s health.”“We are really excited about the impending national ban on lead-added AHD paints as their removal from trade and commerce would help reduce a major source of childhood lead exposure and result in healthier kids,” said Thony Dizon, Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect. “We congratulate our paint manufacturers for taking steps to reformulate their AHD paint products in compliance with the government’s Chemical Control Order (CCO) for lead and its compounds. In fact, Boysen and Davies, the country’s top two paint makers have gone ‘lead-safe’ even before the 2016 deadline,” he added."We thank the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers and their past and current officers for supporting the industry's shift to more eco-friendly paints with no heavy metals and low volatile organic compounds," he also said.