Policy & Regulation
Our coalition is working to repair our broken chemical policy system to protect against toxic chemical exposures.
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Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today unveiled a redraft of legislation purporting to modernize the nation’s outdated chemical laws.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Commerce Committee introduced a discussion draft called the Chemicals in Commerce Act, in an attempt to “reform” the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).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
Making sense of the new House legislation Last Thursday, Representative Shimkus, Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, unveiled new draft legislation called the Chemicals in Commerce Act. A more detailed analysis of the bill can be found here. The purpose of this blog, however, is to explore what […]
By Sarah Doll, Safer States Well, the chemical industry interests are reaching deep into their bag of tricks with the draft “Chemicals In Commerce Act” released by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) this week. Who do they think they’re fooling? This draft is a vehicle for more secrets, more safety data loopholes, and faster introduction of untested […]
This morning Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families will host a press call with health leaders to weigh in on the recently introduced Chemicals in Commerce Act. Their biographies are listed below. The press call will be published live later this afternoon. Our statement on the “discussion draft” can be found here. Feb 28, 2014, Health leaders […]
Representative Shimkus (R-IL), the Chairman of the Environment and Economy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, unveiled legislation titled the “Chemicals in Commerce Act” that would update the 37 year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
A new study from Rutgers University found that PCBs, a notoriously toxic chemical, banned in the 1970s, are ending up in the color yellow, used for clothing and paint. Researcher Lisa Rodunberg from Rutgers University wrote about “TSCA’s dirty loophole” on our blog, where she described how PCB’s were ending up in paints and dyes […]
In honor of President’s Day, we decided to take a look back at where our past Presidents have stood on the toxic chemical issue. In some ways, each President in recent decades has taken steps to inch us closer to safer chemicals and healthy families, but as we all know, so much work is to […]