Great news: Today, the Committee on Environment & Public Works PASSED the Safe Chemicals Act!
What does this mean? According to Andy Igrejas and Lindsay Dahl of Safer Chemicals, “today’s vote is a victory for American families dealing with the many health problems like childhood cancer, linked to unregulated chemicals.”
1. The Safe Chemicals Act improves chemical safety. For the first time, the chemical industry must develop and provide information on the health and environmental safety of their chemicals, in order to enter or remain on the market.
2. The Safe Chemicals Act protects our health using science. In 2008, our nation’s highest scientific body, the National Academy of Sciences, made detailed recommendations to reform how the EPA assesses the risks of chemicals. The Safe Chemicals Act would require EPA to use these recommendations as it implements the new program.
3. The Safe Chemicals Act informs the market, consumers and the public. As a consumer you have the right to know the safety of chemicals you encounter every day. The Safe Chemicals Act requires that basic health and safety information on chemicals be made public.
4. The Safe Chemicals Act protects communities disproportionally affected by chemicals. The EPA must identify toxic “hot spots” and take prompt action to reduce chemical exposures in those communities.
5. The Safe Chemicals Act will help American manufacturers and workers compete. The bill rewards innovation that leads to new, safer chemicals.
If you would like to thank your legislators for passing this act, and to encourage them to support the bill when it is introduced, go here. Thanks for improving our chemical safety – your voice makes a difference!