Federal policy update
Implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and our partners took a leadership role during the legislative process of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, advocating the most protective and effective legislation possible to reduce the risks of toxic chemicals. Since LCSA was signed into law in June 2016, we have been hard at work continuing to advocate for strong implementation, for the sake of our families’ health.
See below for comments and letters we’ve submitted to EPA since last June:
Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
The House passed an amended version of H.R. 2576 on May 24, 2016. On June 7, 2016, the Senate passed the bill and on June 22, 2016, President Obama signed it into law, marking the end of a very long and difficult process. The final bill gives EPA important new powers to require chemical testing and to take action to restrict priority chemicals. The pace will be slow, however, and the bill has other limitations. It is important for the public to remain engaged as EPA implements the new reforms.
- Abbreviated Guide to the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
- Our August 2016 coalition letter recommending the first ten chemicals the EPA should evaluate
- Our Director’s blog analyzing the May 20 Rules Committee print of H.R. 2576
- The letter from our coalition to Congressional leadership outlining our concerns with the House and Senate bills
- Our Director’s blog discussing the conference of the House and Senate bills
- SCHF/NRDC Fact Sheet on S.697 and Imported Products
- Analysis of preemption issues in the House and Senate bills
Congratulations are in order for Toxic-Free Future, Washington Rep. Joan McBride and other partners in Washington! Today Governor Jay Inslee signed the Healthy Food Packaging Act, which bans toxic non-stick PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals in paper food packaging.
State legislatures across the country are stepping up to protect public health from harmful chemicals in an effort to fill gaps in chemical protections due to inaction by the US EPA, according to an analysis of state policies by Safer States. The analysis found that at least 23 states will consider 112 policies to limit exposures to toxic chemicals, including bans on nonstick PFAS chemicals and toxic flame retardants.
Toxic golf balls? Sporting good illustrates need for prompt action by EPA to address persistent chemical threats
Advocates uncover likely use of toxic, environmentally harmful chemical in golf balls; call on EPA to follow Congressional directive to promptly address chemicals that build up in people and the environment
Last week, thanks to our coalition partners WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Sierra Club, and Earthjustice, and others, a federal court ordered the U.S. EPA to update standards for lead in paint and dust to protect children’s health. The agency must propose the revised standards in 90 days, and finalize them a year after that, despite EPA’s arguments for a further delay.
This week the news broke that EPA had moved rules to ban certain uses of three dangerous chemicals from the “pending” column into the “long-term action” column in its regulatory agenda.