Changing our Nation's Chemicals Laws to Protect Health

The law that regulates industrial chemicals in the United States has never been updated and is failing to protect our families, including children. We've joined with a national coalition called Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families to advocate for an updated national system that actually requires chemicals to be tested for safety before they can be used, and that phases out or restricts the worst chemicals. Our nation's main law regulating industrial chemicals should, at a minimum, protect public health and the environment.

This effort to reform that law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is heating up in 2015 and is actively being discussed in both the US House and the Senate. Driving legislative interest is the broad support across party lines among the general public for action on this issue. However, we have deep concerns with the current Senate bill, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act,  and believe it would fail to meet our goals for the legislation: to protect the most vulnerable, including children and pregnant women, and protect the Great Lakes. For more information about our position, see our letters to Senator Stabenow and Senator Levin.

The Ecology Center is an active member of a national coalition representing more than 11 million people who want Congress to create common sense limits on toxic chemicals and to reform TSCA.

Read the platform here.

 

'Mind the Store' Update

Do you shop at Kroger, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Costco, Home Depot, CVS, Lowe's, BestBuy or Safeway?  These are the top ten retailers in the US. The Ecology Center is participating in a  campaign to encourage those companies to reformulate the products they sell so they are safe for health and the environment.  The effort is making great headway!   Several of the distributors including Walmart and Target have committed to reducing the use of hazardous chemicals and reward disclosure by manufacturers! This is a major advance for efforts to drive demand for greener chemicals.To learn more or to join the campaign see Mind the Store.

 

State Chemicals Policy Advocacy

The Ecology Center founded the Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health to organize at the state level to support policies that protect children from toxic chemicals. We've authored important reports, advocated for policy change, and formed alliances with health professionals to protect children's health.  Learn more about the Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health.

Last year, we also launched the nation's first Children's Environmental Health wiki.  Learn more about the wiki, or even better, get involved in editing it!

Published on January 26, 2017

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