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Sign the Petition to Strengthen Toxic Chemical Reform

 

A Petition to the U.S. Senate
to Strengthen Toxic Chemical Reform

We, the undersigned health professionals and concerned citizens, call on the United States Senate to protect American families from the toxic chemicals found in many manufactured products, by strengthening the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 (S. 1009). 

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act is designed to improve our health by preventing toxic exposures from the products we use in our everyday lives.  It will achieve that goal only if certain serious shortcomings are remedied.  We ask you to take immediate action to correct the following failings in the bill: 

  • It fails to incorporate the Precautionary Principle.  A precautionary approach requires that the chemical industry bear the burden of demonstrating the safety of the chemicals they use.  The people and government must not have to bear the negative consequences of exposure to toxic chemicals and then the burden of proving harm.

  • It preempts the authority of the states to regulate harmful chemicals. Absent effective action by the federal government, the states have taken significant leadership in protecting their citizens from such harmful chemicals as bisphenol A, phthalates and flame retardants.  The CSIA would largely prevent states from taking action to address dangerous chemicals, even in the absence of federal regulation. The power of the states to enact laws to protect their citizens from toxic chemicals must not be abridged.
  • It neither identifies nor protects vulnerable populations.  Such groups as pregnant women, young children and the elderly are biologically more susceptible to harm from exposure to toxic chemicals.  Vulnerability is also greater in communities with high levels of aggregate chemical exposure.  The bill must define vulnerable populations and require greater protection for them.
  • It allows excessive withholding of information about chemical components in manufactured products.  The bill violates the right of the public to know what toxic chemicals are contained in the products we buy and use in our everyday lives.  It also impedes the ability of health professionals to treat patients for exposure to toxic substances.  The bill must reduce the withholding of this vital information.

We urge you to make these necessary improvements in the Chemical Safety Improvement Act in order to truly protect the public from toxic chemicals used in products in the marketplace.

  Sincerely,

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