|(Wow! Look at this guest post and email action from the Breast Cancer Fund. The Safe Chemicals Act was introduced again to reform our outdated and broken chemical policy. Please ask your senator to cosponsor this important bill!)
Our country just took a step closer to modernizing our outdated toxic chemicals policy and ensuring a healthier world for our children and grandchildren!
Today, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the Safe Chemicals Act, which will overhaul the archaic Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.
This legislation is being introduced just two months after a federal advisory committee stated that the Safe Chemicals Act would reduce exposure to cancer-causing chemicals found in everyday products and, thus, would reduce incidence of breast cancer.
The Safe Chemicals Act is the result of years of research and collaboration with environmental, health and business communities from across the nation. The bill gives the EPA the necessary tools to oversee safety testing of toxic chemicals, and would put the burden on industry to prove that chemicals are safe before being put in products we use in our homes and schools.
On the other hand, an alternative bill, which may be introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-L.A.), promises to put the interests of the chemical industry above public health. After the Safe Chemicals Act was gaining momentum in the last Congress, Vitter pledged to write his own bill on chemical regulations. Based on reports of who Vitter’s been meeting with—Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, the American Chemistry Council—and who he’s not—no health or environmental groups, to our knowledge—his bill promises to be the “Pro-Chemical Industry Act.”
The Safe Chemicals Act will finally give the EPA the tools it needs to truly protect public health, helping to prevent not only breast cancer, but many other diseases as well. We cannot put our children’s health on the line. The time for real chemical reform is now!