Policy & Regulation
Our coalition is working to repair our broken chemical policy system to protect against toxic chemical exposures.
The chemical industry fights state legislators tooth and nail as they try to pass protective policies, pulling all of the dirty tricks out of their play books. The good news is public health leaders are standing up to the chemical industry in New York state. The New York state legislature has been considering important legislation, the Child Safe Products Act, that would protect New York families from toxic chemicals.
Some companies have voluntarily started disclosing ingredients on their websites, but are still hiding the ingredients used to make up the fragrance. We know that hormone-disrupting chemicals like phthalates and synthetic musks can often be found in fragrance. Yet, if you wanted to avoid these chemicals you’d have no way of knowing what products they are in.
Picture $469 billion. It’s unimaginably huge. It’s more than Norway’s entire Gross Domestic Product. It’s also how much money WalMart brings in from the sale of toys, curtains, furniture, electronics and other household goods each year. So when WalMart removes even one toxic chemical from the products they sell, the ripple is felt around the […]
As Congressional offices are getting blitzed about rewriting our chemical laws in favor of industry, campaign coffers of these same members of Congress are growing flush with new chemical money, according to recent reports. It’s a distasteful system, and it could result in more toxic chemicals entering our homes. Last month, the Center for Public […]
By Bob Sussman, former Senior Policy Counsel to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson On April 29, Mr. Shimkus convened a hearing of the Environment and Economy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to solicit reactions to the latest Republican rewrite of the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA). Not surprisingly, industry witnesses hailed the new draft […]
Yesterday the House Energy and Commerce Committee met to discuss reforming our out of date law on toxic chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The second version of the Chemicals in Commerce Act discussion draft (our response can be found here) made some small progress towards protecting public health from toxic chemicals. The underlying framework however […]
House Energy and Commerce Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today unveiled a redraft of legislation purporting to modernize the nation’s outdated chemical laws. The previous draft has been criticized by public health and environment groups for rolling back some of the few protections provided by current law.
Thousands spurred to action across the country
Just last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced a discussion draft called the Chemicals in Commerce Act, in an attempt to “reform” the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). After an initial analysis of the bill from our policy experts, it became clear that the bill does more to create rollbacks favored by […]
Speakers include: Andy Igrejas of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, Dr. Philip Landrigan of Mount Sinai, Maureen Swanson of Learning Disabilities Association, Matthew Zachary of Stupid Cancer, and Daniel Rosenberg of Natural Resources Defense Council