Long-overdue Safe Chemicals Act introduced in Congress
Ecology Center joins other health and environmental groups to urge Michigan senators to co-sponsor the bill
In a major step forward for the Great Lakes and children's health, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 was introduced by New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and 27 other senators earlier this month. The legislation would provide long-overdue fixes to the nation’s broken chemical policies and limit the use of unsafe chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses.
Toxic chemicals in furniture, children’s products like car seats, and thousands of other consumer products can expose workers and consumers to hazards needlessly. Those of us in the midwest are especially concerned with how these chemicals can eventually end up in the Great Lakes. Lautenberg's bill is an attempt to reform the 37-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act that currently regulates industrial chemicals.
“The Toxic Substance Control Act has failed to protect us from exposure to hazardous chemicals," according to Rebecca Meuninck, environmental health campaign director for the Ecology Center and the Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health. "Children are more vulnerable to these chemicals than adults, so we are really failing the future if we don't take action."
The MNCEH is urging Michigan Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow to co-sponsor this bill and demonstrate their support for protecting public health and the Great Lakes.”
Polling done in Michigan has demonstrated strong bi-partisan support for chemicals policy reform and found an overwhelming 92 percent of Michiganders are concerned about the health effects of toxic chemicals in the Great Lakes.
EcoLink — April 2013 Ecolink An online publication of the Ecology Center