Today is the official 37th “birthday” for our toxic chemical law the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The last time our primary law on toxic chemicals was update was 1976 and as you can image, we’ve learned a thing or two about the ways in which chemicals behave in our bodies and the environment.
When TSCA was passed into law 37 years ago, it’s intent was to regulate toxic substances, but the bill was so fundamentally flawed, that EPA has little to no power to protect public health from toxic threats, like asbestos.
In honor of TSCA’s 37th “unbirthday” we’ll post a series of blogs this week highlighting some of the failures of our federal law and outline a path towards safer chemicals.
When pregnant, I was lucky enough to receive excellent prenatal care. Still, I was bombarded – and frankly, sometimes overwhelmed – with messages about what to do and what to avoid during pregnancy. And despite doing my best to comply with the prevailing guidance, my son was probably born – like most babies in the United States – with 200+ chemicals in his body.
As the US Senate begins consideration of the recently introduced Chemical Safety Improvement Act, I want them to think about the brain.
Most of us don’t think about our brains. It’s like thinking about our hearts beating or about the sun rising and setting each day.
The human brain develops in an incredibly intricate and elegantly orchestrated series of events. Brain cells (neurons) divide, migrate, differentiate and communicate. At birth, a baby’s brain has about 100 billion neurons that are in place and beginning to connect with each other, sending and receiving messages. The brain continues to grow and strengthen connections throughout childhood.
Wow. That’s a lot happening in just nine months. But that’s not the part I really want our Senators to think about.
Just when you thought you weren't depressed enough with the 24 hour news cycle regurgitating nonstop stories about the failure of our government to do anything, it can actually get worse—when you witness it first hand for the very first time. Yes, Stupid Cancer went to Washington and this is my comedy of terrors.
Passing the Safe Chemicals Act: Time to Woman Up
We recently learned some startling things about the chemical industry. Since 2005 they have spent $375 million dollars on elections and lobbying Congress. In just the third quarter of 2012, the chemical industry trade association spent $3.48 million dollars lobbying Congress to block reform. And in the first six months of this year, Dow Chemical […]
By Andy Igrejas, Campaign Director, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families I want to start by thanking everyone who called, emailed and watched your Senators before and during the hearing on the Safe Chemicals Act on November 17th. Your attention made a difference. It helped build our momentum and shaped the positive outcomes of the hearing. […]
by Hannah Pingree, Mom and former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives I am a new mom who will show you pictures of my amazing young daughter until you can’t take it anymore. I am also a former politician, recently term-limited as the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. As an elected official, […]