Policy & Regulation
Our coalition is working to repair our broken chemical policy system to protect against toxic chemical exposures.
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 […]
Companies Report Thousands of Uses of Toxic Chemicals Under Washington State Law
The words “Fast Track” keep appearing on my computer screen. Facebook, Twitter, news stories. I assumed at first it was a hot new fitness routine, turns out is a bill moving through Congress that affects everyone in this country and although obscure, highly important. Our coalition recently signed in on opposition to the Fast Track […]
By Sarah Doll, National Director of Safer States Thank goodness for the states. This year, at least 33 states—more than half the nation—will stand up as defenders of public health. They are taking the toxic bull by the horns and consider policies addressing the untested and toxic chemicals in everyday products. Many toys, clothes, bedding, […]
It was back in 2008 when I was sitting in a café, not to far from the Minnesota state capitol that I heard about the veto. Governor Tim Pawlenty had just vetoed two bills our coalition hard worked hard to garner bi-partisan support for. One of the bills he vetoed was a ban on certain […]
A new study released today in Environmental Health Perspectives documents that Americans’ exposure to a class of toxic chemicals, called phthalates, has dropped in part due to a 2008 law passed by Congress.