Cleaning up toxic chemicals was very much on the national agenda this week: Yesterday Reps. Rush and Waxman introduced the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010 in the House of Representatives. (Read more about the bill from Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.)
The proposed law would protect people and the environment from toxic chemicals by requiring manufacturers to prove they are safe and the EPA to restrict use of the worst chemicals - the stuff we already know is linked to disease.
Thought that was already happening? Think again: The 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, which directs the EPA's oversight of industrial chemicals (except for their use in cosmetics, food, pesticides and various other categories) is sadly lacking in public health protections. Along with our partners in the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, we've been advocating for a strong reform in the House and in the Senate.
Please take a minute to write to your elected officials in both the House and Senate in support of these tandem TSCA reform efforts!
All this while we're still absorbing the amazing watershed events of Wednesday. Today we capped off a week of safe cosmetics advocacy with a Congressional briefing on the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, featuring our own Janet Nudelman, Jane Houlihan from the Environmental Working Group, Maryann Donovan, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the Center for Environmental Oncology, and actress, cancer survivor and advocate Fran Drescher.
Of course, you can write to Congress in support of the Safe Cosmetics Act, too.