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Ask your Senators to Support Safe Chemicals Legislation

Toxic flame retardants in home furnishingsMost Americans assume that the industrial chemicals used in the United States—chemicals that end up in our homes, our water and our air—have been tested for safety. Sadly, this isn't the case.

Under the current Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Environmental Protection Agency's hands are tied when it comes to evaluating the safety of new chemicals or stopping the use of existing chemicals that are harmful to human health and the environment.

Case in point: flame retardants in products like living room sofas, carpet padding, mattresses, computers, TVs and children's car seats bioaccumulate in people, are hormonally active and are linked to a wide array of health problems, yet under existing law the EPA can't pull them from the market and even had to approve a supposedly safer alternative in the absence of safety data that eventually found the substitute chemical to be toxic, too.

What Now?

As Congress begins a new session in 2013, we urge the support of every Senator for the reintroduction of the Safe Chemicals Act. The Breast Cancer Fund strongly supports this legislation.

The Safe Chemicals Act would:

  • Ensure chemicals are safe before they end up in consumer products.
  • Increase access to basic health and safety information on chemicals.
  • Protect vulnerable populations, including pregnant women and children.

Please tell your Senators that these reforms are important to you by sending the message below. Your message will be most effective if you personalize it.

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  • Your Senators

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