year a chemical safety bill—one drafted by the chemical industry that will do
little to protect consumers from the estimated 84,000 chemicals registered for
use in the US—passed the Senate unanimously late last year and now must be
reconciled with House-passed legislation from earlier in 2015.
special concern is a late addition to the House-passed chemical safety reform
bill that protects Monsanto from legal liability for polychlorinated biphenyls
(PCBs). The added language, referencing federal law concerning PCBs, would
enable much-sued Monsanto to get cases dismissed.
though the chemical caused environmental contamination and severe health issues
like cancer and immune problems, and the EPA banned it in 1979, local
communities and school systems are struggling to this day to reduce PCB levels
in sewer systems and building materials at great cost. Other groups of
individuals with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are suing Monsanto for damages.
Congress should not shield Monsanto from its responsibility clean up the mess
it helped create. Write to your legislators and urge them to remove the
“Monsanto clause” from chemical safety legislation
Please personalize and add your own
comments if you have time!
Stop Shielding Monsanto! Fix the Chemical Safety Bill
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]