Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) last month jointly introduced the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013. The bipartisan bill seeks to reform the weak and outdated federal law that currently regulates toxic chemicals. The compromise bill would require all chemicals to be screened to protect public health, and would require chemicals that are given a “high priority” risk label to undergo further safety evaluations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The bill also would equip the EPA to take action against chemicals determined to be unsafe. Under the current law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has been in effect since 1976, only approximately 200 of the 80,000 chemicals approved for sale in this country have undergone safety testing.
This bill, if passed, will protect human health and the environment. Senators Lautenberg and Vitter should be commended for leading this bipartisan effort. Congress should amend TSCA so that the chemicals folks are exposed to are not placing them, their children and their communities at risk. If you agree, contact your Senators and ask them to support this legislation.
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