|Lautenberg Advances Bill to Protect Kids from Toxic Chemicals
Washington, D.C. – In 2005, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was the
first lawmaker ever to offer a road map for fixing the Toxic Substances
Control Act of 1976, which has allowed tens of thousands of toxic
substances onto the marketplace with little or no testing
Today, Lautenberg continues pressing to revamp the law by introducing the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.
It would require chemical companies to prove their products are safe
for human health and the environment before allowed in commerce.
“We’re pleased that Senator Lautenberg is introducing the Safe
Chemicals Act of 2011,” said Jason Rano, Senior Legislative Analyst for
Environmental Working Group. “Nobody has provided more leadership in the
effort to protect children from exposure to dangerous toxic chemicals.”
Environmental Working Group has documented through two landmark reports that chemical contamination in people begins in the womb, largely due to the failure of federal law.
“The path chemicals travel from inception to people’s bodies is short
and smooth,” said Rano. “The Lautenberg plan forces chemical companies
to prove each of their products is safe before becoming ingredients in
the products we buy. At its core, this legislation is about protecting
the public health of all Americans, especially children.”
Lautenberg’s legislation would establish a protective standard by
which chemicals’ safety would be determined. It would go a long way to
eliminating spurious claims of confidential business information. The
Environmental Protection Agency would set priorities among more than
84,000 chemicals in the agency’s inventory. Companies would be
required to submit all health and safety data to EPA and could, no
longer keep this vital information secret.
“Senator Lautenberg is the father of modern day chemicals policy
reform,” Rano said. “We look forward to working with him to build
support for this rigorous, common-sense approach.”
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