Toxic Chemicals Running Through Your Veins
Please help strengthen America’s toxic chemicals standards. Of the 82,000 chemicals available for use in the U.S., only about 200 have been required to be tested for safety.
Every American alive today, including newborn babies, has hundreds of chemicals flowing through our blood. Some of these are linked to increases in prostate and breast cancers, diabetes, heart disease, lowered sperm counts, early puberty and other diseases and disorders.
Yet the burden placed on the Environmental Protection Agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is so onerous that they have only succeeded in banning one group of chemicals, PCBs, from the marketplace.
It’s time to reform and strengthen TSCA.
Testimony [PDF] (February 2009)
“It doesn’t take a scientist to realize that the Toxic Substances Control Act is badly broken,” said Dr. Richard A. Denison, a senior scientist at Environmental Defense Fund and former member of the EPA’s National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee (NPPTAC). “The now-daily barrage of headlines about the dangers posed by yet another chemical used in common consumer products – like the toxic flame retardants used in furniture that virtually all Americans now carry in their bodies – is a direct manifestation of the utter failure of our current chemicals policy.”
Denison testified before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Other organizations testifying in support of major TSCA reform include the Learning Disabilities Association of America, the United Steelworkers and WE ACT for Environmental Justice (West Harlem Environmental Action).
“Congress needs to act now, lest the United States risk falling further behind the rest of the developed world, which has already taken steps to ensure the safety of the chemicals and chemical products we make and use every day,” noted Denison. “Without prompt action, we also risk becoming a dumping ground for unsafe products produced elsewhere in the world.”