Posts by Andy Igrejas
The Democrats on the relevant House subcommittee proposed fixes to the Chemicals in Commerce Act, the deeply flawed reform legislation sponsored by the subcommittee’s chairman, John Shimkus (R-IL). Rather than engage on the proposed fixes, the industry dismissed it…
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 […]
It’s no secret that Congress is having a hard time accomplishing things recently. Budgets. Nominees. Funding the government. If you can name it, it’s probably not getting done. But here’s a thing this Congress can get done…
Senator Frank Lautenberg was buried today at Arlington cemetery, closing a week of mourning and remembrance worthy of his long career in public service. I had the privilege of observing the Senator from a distance as a constituent when I was a young man and later to work closely with him and his staff after he returned to the Senate in 2002, mostly on the issue of chemical reform.
Retailers have the power to make substantial improvements in public health and safety, and with that power comes a moral obligation, a corporate social responsibility. Many of the retailers have gotten started, but they need to do more. And because they care about their customers, you can help them along.
Who does your Senator turn to for children’s health advice?
By Andy Igrejas, Campaign Director As you may have heard, Lisa Jackson has announced that she is stepping down as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. No one can blame her. It’s an increasingly thankless job. But I’m going to miss her and you should too, as the storminess of her tenure has implications for […]
With the elections behind us, it’s time to take stock of their meaning for our chemical reform effort. In short: things are looking bright. There will certainly be a debate in the full U.S. Senate and in statehouses around the country next year. We are in a good position to win that debate.
By Andy Igrejas, Campaign Director As you may have heard, the first vote on overhauling our outdated chemical policies in 36 years is now scheduled for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this Wednesday. The stakes for the vote are very high and what happens around it may determine whether we have reform anytime […]
Is it unfair to compare the chemical industry in 2012 to the tobacco industry in the 1990’s? Is it too harsh to suggest that we’ve migrated from Joe Camel to “Joe Chemical”? Read the Chicago Tribune’s recent series, Playing with Fire, and decide for yourself. Nicholas Kristof called it “superb journalism” and we agree. The […]