Shrek glasses with cadmium?! Canned food contaminated with the sex hormone bisphenol A?! Cancer-causing formaldehyde in furniture?! If you’ve followed the stories in the media in the last few months, it’s probably not news to you that current law isn’t protecting us from harmful chemicals.
Fortunately, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 was just introduced in Congress. It aims to protect our families from harmful chemicals by overhauling our outdated chemical laws. The current draft of the bill is a good first step, but it’s missing some key provisions, like phasing out the worst chemicals first and ensuring that chemicals are tested for safety BEFORE they are allowed on the market.
The House of Representatives is poised to act on toxic chemical legislation this month so your representative needs to hear from you!
How to call:
Call your representative in Congress by dialing the Capitol switchboard in Washington, DC at 202-224-3121. Let him or her know that you support putting health first by getting rid of the worst chemicals first! (If you want to check who is your representative, visit this website)
Here’s a sample message you can use when you reach your representative.
"Hi my name is ____ , and I live in Representative’s X district. I am really concerned about toxic chemicals in consumer products and their impact on my family’s health. Please vote to strengthen the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 by making sure chemicals are safe before they are allowed on the market and getting rid of the worst toxic chemicals, like lead and toxic flame retardants, first.”
The reasons to support a stronger Safe Chemicals Act keep mounting. Chemicals found in products we use every day have been linked to negative health effects including cancer, early puberty, learning disabilities, and sexual dysfunction.
A few weeks ago, the President’s Cancer Panel released a damning report underlining the acute need for stronger toxics laws. The report specifically recommends removing cancer-causing chemicals and other toxins from our food, water, and air that “needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our nation’s productivity and devastate American lives.”
Please call your representative TODAY at 202-224-3121.
We’ve got a once-in-a- generation opportunity to change the way chemicals are regulated. Congress is listening — now is the time to push for stronger reform. Your representative needs to hear from you today! Make the call right now, and then let us know what you learn by sending an email to email@example.com.
This doesn't surprise me. What is galling is the long list of organic products. Where is the lead coming from?
Instead of reducing state standards we should have been fighting for higher federal standards. California had tougher food and drug laws that were replaced by lax federal standards a couple of years ago. Good thing we still have prop 65 though. The whole country wouldn't know anything about this if we didn't.
It's like the California credit card standards. The only reason the rest of the country even knew something was wrong was because people in California were being notified that there was a problem.Posted by: MommaBear | Aug 4, 2010 3:30:50 PM
This is crazy!!!!! Quit feeding our babies poison!!!!! We are suppose to be one of the most advanced countries in the world but we can be so backwards when it comes to doing what is right because of politics!Posted by: Christine Schwab | Jul 12, 2010 8:23:52 AM
We've all got the power to change things. Until we all stop buying things we don't need and that includes frivolous things like nail polish and disposable things...companies are going to keep making the junk we so gladly buy from them, making them rich and us sick.Posted by: Mariana | Jul 10, 2010 2:50:08 PM
i wish they would my little girl has lead posioning and it seems everything has it now it has been a long road for her and something needs to be done.they need to test things before they put it on the selves.Posted by: melinda carpenter | Jul 9, 2010 5:50:06 PM
I am a hairdresser and there is a new product with formaldehyde in it called Brazilian blow out. It is definatly toxic yet it is allowed in the salon. I think there should be more tough laws on salon usage of these prodcts on clients. Everytime it is used I and others get very sick.Posted by: Geraldine | Jun 30, 2010 5:09:15 PM
I cannot work or play outside because the air in the neighborhood reeks from the scents & chemicals in laundry soaps and dryer sheets. Like the canary in the coal mine, I feel sickened when entering a business or home that uses air fresheners. I cannot go shopping, without a migraine being stimulated, because the customers and clerks reek of scented chemical products on their clothes, skin and hair.Posted by: Teresa Morse | Jun 25, 2010 6:52:34 AM