Yesterday Senators Lautenberg and Vitter, along with 14 other Senators from both parties, introduced the Chemical Safety Improvement Act. The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition is still absorbing the details of the new compromised bill, but at first glance the bill seems to fix the underlying problems with existing law.
U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Charles Schumer (D-NY), James Inhofe (R-OK), Tom Udall (D-NM), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Boozman (R-AR), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and John Hoeven (R-ND).
Here’s what some of our partners are saying:
Andy Igjreas, Director of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
"This is an impressive bipartisan group of Senators and it shows that we can get reform done in this Congress. We look forward to working with them to ensure the strongest law possible."
Michele Roberts and Richard Moore with the Environmental Justice & Health Alliance
"We are deeply disappointed that those most harmed by failed chemical regulations and those who have worked tirelessly to support industrial chemical protections for all people will themselves be left inadequately protected under the Chemical Safety Improvement Act."
Michael Green, Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Health
“But current law has failed and it is past time to bring it into the 21st Century. With seven Democratic and seven Republican cosponsors, today’s announcement demonstrates that the need to protect our health from toxic chemicals is greater than political partisanship.”
Jeanne Rizzo, President and CEO Breast Cancer Fund
“It is the combined efforts of all of us working together that drove the chemical industry and its Congressional supporters to the table to negotiate a new bill for a new future: Mothers and fathers who want safer products for their children.”
Patricia Latham, President, Learning Disabilities Association of America
"Learning Disabilities Association of America welcomes the Lautenberg Vitter bill as a major step forward to reauthorize and modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act to better protect the public from toxic chemical exposures...LDA believes that further work on a time-frame for EPA action would be beneficial, and we look forward to working on this and other issues with the Senate co-sponsors and our coalition partners.”
Sarah Doll, National Director of Safer States
"States have been leading the way for over a decade, adopting over 100 groundbreaking policies to protect their citizens from toxic chemicals. We look forward to a final federal policy that continues the work of the states, while preserving states' ability to continue driving innovative solutions."
Actor Jennifer Beals
David Levine, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council
"We are especially encouraged that this effort acknowledges our core belief that economic growth and protections for health and the environment are not at odds. We can and must provide safe, environmentally benign alternatives to hazardous chemicals and do so at a lower cost."
It is clear that there are many stakeholders impacted by chemical policy, and that the status quo is simply not good enough. For public health, the environment, better business, social justice, any for many other reasons -- it is time for meaningful change.Posted by: Tara | May 23, 2013 8:59:27 AM