Breast Cancer Fund staff member Nancy Buermeyer handed 73,000 petition signatures to the Obama White House this morning, all asking the President to act on last year's President's Cancer Panel report and make prevention a key component of our national cancer strategy.
Nancy wasn't alone in her errand: she was joined by our colleagues in the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, including the American Nurses Association, Greenpeace, Health Care Without Harm, League of Conservation Voters, MomsRising, Pesticide Action Network North America and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. Here they all are outside the White House before their meeting (Nancy is holding the bundle of petitions).
Later, Nancy had a chance to talk with Greenwire:
After the meeting, Nancy Buermeyer of the Breast Cancer Fund said it was clear the Obama administration recognized the problems posed by the way chemicals are currently regulated.
"They were very open about their support for chemical policy reform," she said.
Buermeyer said Sen. Frank Lautenberg's (D-N.J.) "Safe Chemicals Act of 2011" has provided a strong starting point for discussions on TSCA reform this year. (Read complete article; subscription required.)
Thank you, Nancy, for representing breast cancer survivors and all of us concerned about the disease! And thanks, too, to the thousands of Breast Cancer Fund supporters who signed the petition.