Much-Needed Legislation Would Protect Americans from Unsafe Chemicals
Broader Reforms Needed to Make People Safe
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Lauds President’s Choice
New report, Breast Cancer and the Environment, echoes the President’s Cancer Panel of 2011 in finding that federal efforts are overly-focused on finding a cure and focus too little on prevention, including intelligent regulation of substances known to cause cancer.
Group Urges CEO to ‘Cut off Supply Chain for Chlorinated Tris in Toxic Couches’.
A new peer-reviewed study released today tested over 100 couch samples from across the U.S. and found that 85% contained toxic or untested flame retardant chemicals. This includes 41% of the couches testing positive for the cancer-causing chlorinated Tris, which was banned from children’s pajamas decades ago.
“Today’s report by Common Cause, Toxic Spending, is a powerful reminder of what we’re up against in our pursuit of common sense limits on toxic chemicals,” says Andy Igrejas, Campaign Director at Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.
Congress voted to update our out of date chemical safety laws. In the wake of growing frustration among parents, cancer survivors and health professionals, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted on Senator Frank Lautenberg’s Safe Chemicals Act (S.847).
Three leading physicians today said the scientific evidence that unregulated chemicals contribute to chronic diseases in America has grown substantially in recent years. The evidence is summarized in a new report called Chemicals and Our Health, which was released by Safer Chemicals, Health Families, as the Senate Environment Committee gears up for an historic vote on chemical reform on Wednesday.
A nationwide poll and four separate, statewide polls found similar strong support for bolstering protections against toxic chemicals. By overwhelming bipartisan margins, Americans support strengthening the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), according to new polls released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition, and the Ecology Center.