Midwest states announce effort to protect children from eco-hazards

Youngsters in six Midwestern states may soon be safer from environmental dangers ranging from pesticide use in schools to toxic fumes from school-bus tailpipes. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin lawmakers in the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators have agreed to work together to create stricter laws to prevent ill health effects in children stemming from pollution and toxic chemicals. The legislators also want to instigate a study into the long-term effects of chemicals on kids. “It seemed logical that we should work across state lines to pursue these proposals,” said Iowa state Rep. Lisa Heddens.