Make the Call to Stop Toxic Chemicals
Ask Senators Hagan and Burr to Co-Sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011
Recently, Toxic Free NC staff and volunteers met with Senators Hagan and Burr about Senate Bill 847, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. We asked them to consider co-sponsoring the bill, and we need you to tell them that you want them to support it, too.
Urge them to make the right decision! Call your Senators today and ask them to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.
Why is the Safe Chemicals Act important? Right now there are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market in our children’s toys, cleaning supplies, food containers and other products that we use every day. But only about 200 of those chemicals have ever been tested for safety, and only 5 of them have ever been restricted.
For the first time, the Safe Chemicals Act would require that chemical manufacturers prove that chemicals are safe before they go on the market. And the EPA would finally have the authority to restrict the use of chemicals that are shown to be dangerous to our health.
Senators Hagan and Burr will decide this week if they’ll protect our health, support a greener chemical industry and create new research and development jobs by co-sponsoring Senate Bill 847, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.
That’s why it’s it’s important for you to make your call today!
In August, we asked you to write and call Senators Burr and Hagan during the National Day of Action for Safer Chemicals. Many of you made calls to ask them to support SB 847. Because of your calls and letters, they’re listening to us. Now let’s close the deal!
Your voice does make a difference! Call your Senators today.
Take Action: Ask your Senators to Co-Sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011
Tell Senators Hagan and Burr that North Carolina is sick of the toxic chemicals in products that are polluting our bodies and harming our health. We deserve a toxics law that protects our health, supports a greener chemical industry and creates new research and development jobs.
It only takes a few minutes. Call Senators Hagan and Burr and urge them to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.
Senator Kay Hagan
|Senator Richard Burr
To help with your call, here are some sample talking points to use:
- State your name and where you live (city and state).
- Ask the Senator to co-sponsor SB 847, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.
- Say briefly why you are concerned about toxic chemicals.
- Don't forget to say thank you!
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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.
Even chemicals that we know to be harmful – such as lead and BPA – are almost impossible for EPA to restrict in consumer products under our flimsy federal toxics law. Because the current law is so weak, we all are exposed to dozens of potentially hazardous chemicals every day.
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.
>> Take Action to ask Senators Hagan and Burr to co-sponsor the Safe Chemical Act of 2011 today!
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