The Toxic Substances Control
Act of 1976 (TSCA) tasks the EPA with protecting American citizens from
chemicals that are harmful to human health. But under this law, chemicals are
assumed to pose no health risk unless the EPA proves otherwise—and the agency
investigates dangerous chemicals at a glacially slow pace.
Two bills have been
introduced this Congress to update the TSCA, one introduced by Sens. David
Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) but drafted by the chemical industry, and
the other by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA). Of the two, the
Boxer-Markey bill goes much further to improve and update current chemical
regulations. Ask your senators to support the Boxer-Markey chemical safety
bill, which takes real steps in protecting Americans from dangerous chemicals,
and oppose the Vitter-Udall bill.
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