Honeywell lobbying Gov. Newsom to veto measure banning ‘forever chemicals’ from cosmetics products

September 20, 2022

Read the full article by Monica Amarelo (EWG)

"Technology giant Honeywell is lobbying California Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto a bill that would ban the sale in the state of cosmetics intentionally made with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, say Sacramento advocates familiar with the situation.

California’s Assembly approved the bill, AB 2771, in a 60-7 vote at the end of August, sending it to Newsom’s desk. If enacted, it would be the latest of the state’s hard-hitting steps to tackle PFAS. Two years ago, it was the first to ban 13 PFAS from personal care products, and also banned PFAS in firefighting foam. Last year, Newsom signed two bills to ban the use of PFAS in juvenile products and in food packaging.

Now Honeywell, which describes itself as a multi-sector technology company, is trying to impede California’s leadership on the issue, because banning PFAS is bad for its bottom line – no matter the health risks people face when exposed to the chemicals."