Utah and nine other states have reached an agreement with Bunnies Biodegradable Disposable Diapers to halt claims they are biodegradable, it was announced this week.

New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams said the diapers' manufacturer, American Enviro Products Inc., will not only cease misleading claims the diapers benefit the environment but will redesign packaging and the diapers.The states involved are California, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

The company had made claims the diapers were made of a "revolutionary outer backing" that biodegrades in three to five years, that the diapers "can play a vital role in the disposal of plastic waste, and that "Bunnies and the plastic bag they are sold in will biodegrade before your child grows up."

However, Abrams said Bunnies diapers, like other inorganic waste, will take decades to degrade in our nation's landfills.

"This is a significant settlement because it is the first multi-state agreement in the `green-marketing' area to actually reach a cash settlement and move a company in a positive direction," said Abrams in a statement.

The company also agreed to pay $50,000 in costs, which the 10 states will share, he said.