Don’t Weaken Protections Against Toxic Chemicals

Target: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid

Goal: Stop the corporate-sponsored attempt to weaken laws that protect citizens from being poisoned by toxic chemicals.

States could soon be blocked from passing laws that better protect their people from chemicals that can cause serious health problems and death if corporate-sponsored revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act are passed. The U.S. Senate is currently considering a new version of this act that includes provisions which will make it weaker than it already is.

The Toxic Substances Control Act has already been criticized for being ineffective. It doesn’t even allow the EPA to ban asbestos even though we’ve known for decades that it causes cancer. The new provisions being considered will not only restrict states’ rights to pass laws that strengthen protections against toxins, it will make it so states can’t restrict or ban troubling chemicals while the EPA is investigating them.

As it is now, states can place restrictions on chemicals that have been flagged for investigation by the EPA since their investigations can take years. During the investigation period, many states do not want their citizens to be exposed to something that is potentially dangerous, and so restrict it until it can be cleared for use. The new provisions under consideration will make this illegal.

Corporations that create or rely on toxic substances are attempting to put millions of people in harm’s way by restricting states’ rights to regulate substances within their borders. By all logic, both parties in the U.S. should be against it. Sign our petition to urge the Senate to reject these provisions and instead strengthen protections against potentially deadly corporate greed.


Dear Minority Leader Reid,

The Senate is currently considering revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act that would weaken individual states’ abilities to protect their citizens against toxic chemicals. The TSCA is already considered to be weak by environmentalists and consumer advocates since the EPA was unable to use it to even ban the known cancer-causing chemical asbestos.

The new provision being considered would block states from passing their own laws to strengthen protections against harmful chemicals as well as make it so they can’t restrict any substance during the years-long investigations by the EPA no matter how toxic it appears to be. States simply have to wait and allow their citizens to be exposed to potentially deadly toxins until the investigation is completed.

This is another example of corporations putting average people at risk for the sake of profits. The TSCA needs to be strengthened considerably, not weakened until it’s practically useless. Stand up for both states’ rights and public health by blocking these provisions and working to make the Toxic Substances Control Act stronger.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: FEMA/Win Henderson

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