Since 1976, thousands of industrial chemicals — used in children’s products, cleaning products, toys, furniture, electronics and many other products — have been allowed to reach consumers without safety testing.
Help us push for a new law that will close loopholes on toxics, requiring the chemical industry to prove that its products are safe, and establishing health standards to protect children and other vulnerable groups. Urge your senators to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act today.
The Toxic Substances Control Act, the law regulating the use of industrial chemicals, was enacted in 1976 and is in serious need of an overhaul. Although other laws require pharmaceuticals and pesticides to undergo safety testing before they are available for purchase, the Toxic Substances Control Act has allowed thousands of industrial chemicals — used in children’s products, cleaning products, toys, furniture electronics and many other products — to reach consumers without that same precaution.
Rather than requiring chemical manufacturers to prove the safety of their products before putting them on the market, the Toxic Substances Control Act compels the Environmental Protection Agency to prove that a chemical is unreasonably dangerous before its use can be restricted or prevented. To make matters worse, the law drastically limits the EPA’s ability to obtain information from companies about the potential environmental and health effects of the chemicals they produce.
Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) has introduced the Safe Chemicals Act (S.847) to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. The Safe Chemicals Act would strengthen the current law by shifting the burden back to the chemical industry to prove its products are safe, establishing health standards for chemicals to protect children and other vulnerable groups, and strengthening the public’s right to know about the safety and use of chemicals. The bill has been approved by the Senate Environment Committee and is awaiting a vote by the full Senate.
What to do:
Send a message urging your senators to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act (S. 847).