We're Tired of Being Exposed to Toxic Chemicals
Tell Senators Hagan and Burr that we want common sense limits on toxic chemicals
America’s health is at risk, and your voice matters now more than ever.
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.
That's because the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that currently controls how chemicals are regulated has not been updated since 1976. Our out-of-date system leaves us exposed to countless toxic chemicals every day. And these chemicals put our families at risk for cancer, learning disabilities, infertility, and more.
The chemical industry is spending millions of dollars lobbying Congress to block a meaningful update to TSCA. Last year they spent $52 million dollars lobbying Congress to block protections for your family, and the spending spree will only continue as Congress gets closer to acting on meaningful chemical reform.
Corporate lobbyists may have deep pockets, but we have something much more important – the health of our families and our nation to protect.
Tell Senators Burr and Hagan that you’re tired of being exposed to toxic chemicals and that you would like them to support toxics reform.
The proposed toxics reform legislation, the Safe Chemicals Act, would require safety testing of the chemicals used in everyday consumer products, before they go on the market. And it would protect us from toxic chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, asthma and other serious illnesses.
A phone call to Senators Burr and Hagan is a powerful way to urge them to support the Safe Chemicals Act. Make your call today!
Take Action: Ask your Senators to Co-Sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act
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.
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 support the Safe Chemicals Act.
- 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
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.
>> Take Action to ask Senators Hagan and Burr to co-sponsor the Safe Chemical Act today!
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