Lobbyists Torpedo Toxic Chemical Bills In Calif.

Law360, New York (August 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A group of lobbyists has successfully killed two California Assembly bills that would have prohibited the use of controversial chemicals in fast food containers, microwave popcorn bags and baby bottles.

On Monday, two related bills sponsored by Sens. Carole Migden and Sen. Ellen Corbett were effectively shut down, reportedly at the hands of a working group of lobbyists drafted into action by chemical companies, manufacturers and trade associations.

Corbett's bill sought to forbid the use of perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, from food packaging. It was already...
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