Policy & Regulation
Our coalition is working to repair our broken chemical policy system to protect against toxic chemical exposures.
You may have a seen a number of headlines earlier this month with variations on this theme: “New Study: Most Cancers Due to Bad Luck.”
Two weeks ago, an expected milestone of sorts in the debate over chemical policy seemed to turn abruptly into a headstone. Senators Vitter and Udall were expected to release a revised version of their Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) that responded to many of the concerns of health and environment leaders from across the country.
Today, press reported that a new “deal” on the Chemical Safety Improvement Act was scuttled at the last minute, prompting Senator Vitter to state he would start over with the original version of the bill (S.1009) next year.
This week, New York Senator Chuck Schumer will introduce a new bill, The Children and Firefighter Protection Act, to ban the ten most notoriously toxic flame retardant chemicals in residential upholstered furniture and children’s products, and to set up a process to examine and regulate other similar chemicals.
Ten toxic chemicals to be banned in furniture and children’s products This week, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) unveiled legislation to ban ten toxic flame retardant chemicals from use in upholstered furniture and children’s products. His bill would also create a process to examine and regulate other similar chemicals. Flame retardants are often added to foam […]
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has become a common – and controversial – method for extracting natural gas and oil trapped underground. The process involves various chemicals, some of which are known to be hazardous. With the potential for contamination, it’s important to know exactly what chemicals are being used and what their health impacts are.
Despite industry’s relentless campaign to overturn the ban on these extremely toxic chemicals, we are heartened that the science and concern for the protection of children’s health won out, at least at this step of the process.
The Protecting American Families from Toxic Chemicals Act would allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify and phase out PBTs from commerce within the next five years.
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation that would phase out chemicals known as PBTs, a class that is the most dangerous to pregnant women, children and the environment. The “Protecting America’s Families from Toxic Chemicals Act” would empower the Environmental Protection Agency to identify and phase out PBTs within five years. The bill also identifies 22 known PBTs to expedite their phase out for non-essential uses.
The fact that we were delivering a petition excited us that it was not just our voices we were bringing to Washington D.C. but many other parents, aunt, uncles, grandparents, and other concerned people. I really felt like we were representing not just our family’s concerns but those of over 100,000 other families.