Target: US Congress
Goal: Ensure chemicals are proven safe before being marketed for use
The Safe Chemicals Act of 2012 has recently been passed by the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee. This new legislation will reform the highly insufficient and outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which was enacted in 1976 and generally fails to protect American consumers from the dangers of commercial chemicals. This bill needs to be passed by Congress in order to ensure the health and safety of United States citizens.
The Toxic Substances Control Act, set into use in 1976, outlines a policy for chemical control that is inherently unsafe. Senator Barbara Boxer explained it this way at the Senate hearing: “I would bet if we went outside and asked anyone walking by if they thought that chemical companies have to do tests and prove a chemical is safe before it is used, they would say, ‘Of course.’… Under the law currently, the EPA has to prove it is unsafe.” Fundamentally, this system allows for thousands of risks to pass silently and unnoticed into the lives of consumers, endangering the average citizen and decreasing the probability of a long and healthy life.
The Safe Chemicals Act promises to reverse this flawed philosophy in chemical manufacturing. If passed, producers will have to prove a chemical’s safety and file a report on their testing with the EPA before exposing it to the public. The EPA will make this information easily accessible, allowing for transparency and increasing a citizen’s ability to become an informed consumer. The Act will also enforce a restriction on chemicals that cannot be proven safe. It is essential for Congress to pass this act and protect the health of American consumers.
Dear US Senate,
The Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee has recently passed the Safe Chemicals Act of 2012. This bill will provide essential reform to an inherently dangerous system, and could potentially save thousands of lives every year. I encourage you to follow its lead and ensure that this act gets pushed into action.
The Safe Chemicals Act of 2012 will provide an important and long-overdue overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act. The current system allows for a widespread use of a chemical before there has been any assurance about the effects on human health. It is imperative that this policy be changed, and the Safe Chemicals Act is the thing to do it. I strongly urge you to consider passing this historic and important act.
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