America's chemicals policy is badly broken. Hundreds of toxic chemicals in our sofas, laundry detergents and other household products have been linked to cancer, infertility, autism, and asthma. Thousands more chemicals have never been assessed or required to be tested for safety.
But we have the opportunity to protect ourselves. The bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act offers a path toward critically needed reforms.
Take Action: Ask your Members of Congress to support improving and moving the Chemical Safety Improvement Act.
I am writing today to urge you to help improve and move the Chemical Safety Improvement Act.
Because of deficiencies in the 37-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act, the vast majority of the tens of thousands chemicals in use in the United States today have never been tested for their toxicity to humans or the environment. I am deeply concerned about potential impacts of chemicals on my health and the health of my family, but under the current system, adequate chemical safety information is not available to regulatory agencies or consumers. We need reform now.
The bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act is a remarkable opportunity to fix our broken law. The bill would give the Environmental Protection Agency critical tools it needs to address the risks chemicals pose to health. For instance, the bill would require, for the first time, that the safety of all chemicals in active commerce be evaluated and that all new chemicals be found likely to be safe before they are allowed to enter the market.
At the same time, the bill needs significant improvement, for instance, by explicitly protecting vulnerable populations and by narrowing the bill's preemption of state authority so states can act when the EPA has not.
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For too long, the public has been the unwitting guinea pig for testing the health impacts of thousands of chemicals. Today, we have an opportunity to make progress towards real change. Please stand in support of working to improve and move the Chemical Safety Improvement Act forward; it's time to pass a bill that will protect the American public from dangerous and untested chemicals.
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