North Carolina is Sick of Toxic Chemicals!
Join the National Day of Action for Safer Chemicals
Today, August 10th, and every day, 127 North Carolinians will be diagnosed with cancer.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Today’s date can have a brighter significance: August 10th is a National Day of Action for Safer Chemicals.
People across the country are calling on Congress today to support legislation to get toxic and cancer-causing chemicals out of plastics, cleaners, toys and many other consumer products.
Take Action! Write a letter or make a call today and tell your US Senator that North Carolina is sick of toxic chemicals in our consumer products.
The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 would put us on the right track towards a healthier fu3ture for our state and our nation. It would overhaul the US toxics law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, which hasn’t been updated since it was first adopted in 1976.
The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 would require chemical companies to do thorough safety testing on all chemicals to be used in our food containers, toys, paints, and so on, proving they’re safe for us before they go on the market.
Please take a few minutes today to tell your Senator to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.
We need our Senators to stand up for us, resist pressure from the chemical industry and pass legislation that protects us from toxic chemicals in our consumer products.
Want to know more? Here's some background information about the Safer Chemicals Act of 2011.
Take Action: Ask your Senators to Co-Sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011
Tell your Senators that North Carolina is sick of the toxic chemicals in plastics, cleaners, fragrances and more that are polluting our bodies and harming our health. We need them to save the day, today and every day, with toxics laws that do more to protect our health!
We know that hand-written letters and phone calls make a bigger impact on our elected officials than form emails. That’s why we’re asking you to put pen to paper today or to pick up the phone and let your Senator know you want them to support the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.
Here's an outline for your letter or phone call:
- If you’re writing a letter, please include the date and the saluation: “Dear Senator [Hagan or Burr],"
- State your name & where in North Carolina you live
- State why you are concerned about toxic chemicals. (See list below for ideas about what to say!)
- Ask the Senator to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011
- Don't forget to say thank you!
- If you’re writing a letter, please sign with your name and address.
Sample talking points for your letter or call:
- We need to get toxic chemicals out of every product on the store shelves, not just the ‘green’ or ‘eco-friendly’ ones.
- Toxic chemicals in our everyday lives are harming Americans’ health and costing us money. We can't afford to keep making ourselves sick.
- I want my kids/grandkids to be healthy, and it’s really troubling that I can't control what's in the air, water and products all around us.
- I'm a cancer survivor, and I don't want more people to go through what I did.
- 127 North Carolinians are diagnosed with cancer each day. Our state needs toxics reform!
- Green chemistry is a great opportunity for North Carolina's economy.
|Senator Kay Hagan
Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
|Senator Richard Burr
217 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
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||Thank you for taking action!
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Background on the Safer Chemicals Act of 2011
Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced a groundbreaking bill to overhaul U.S. chemicals policy. The "Safe Chemicals Act" is intended to overhaul the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has failed to regulate chemicals in consumer products – even those that have known links to cancer, learning disabilities, asthma, reproductive disorders, and other serious health problems.
The legislation would significantly strengthen public health protections from toxic chemicals. For the first time, the chemical industry would be required to demonstrate that chemicals are safe, rather than the EPA having to prove they are unsafe.
In a major shift, the legislation would require chemical manufacturers to provide basic health and safety information for all chemicals as a condition for them remaining on or entering the market and to make that information public.
Other elements of the legislation would require:
- Chemicals to meet a health standard to enter or remain on the market.
- EPA to identify and restrict the most toxic chemicals that build up in our food chain and in our bodies, such as brominated flame retardants.
- Populations most vulnerable to toxic chemicals, including pregnant women, infants and children, and those living in environmental 'hot spots', to have extra protections from toxic chemicals.
- EPA to rely on the National Academy of Sciences’ recommendations to incorporate the best and latest science when determining the safety of chemicals.
The bill follows similar bills introduced in the House and Senate in 2010. Toxic Free NC and our allies around the state are asking Senators Hagan and Burr to join this effort as co-sponsors of the Safe Chemicals Act.
Toxic Free NC is part of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a broad national coalition of groups working for comprehensive toxics reform. Here's more information about the Safer Chemicals Act of 2011 from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.
Status, summary, and full text of the Safer Chemicals Act of 2011 from the Library of Congress.
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