Safe Chemicals Act Introduced in Congress
On April 14th, Senators Frank Lautenberg, Barbara Boxer, Charles Schumer, Amy Klobuchar and others introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, to create much needed upgrades on safety standards for chemicals in the U.S. The Toxics Substance Control Act, currently tasked with regulating chemicals, hasn’t been updated since it was adopted 35 years ago, and it has clearly failed to keep toxic chemicals out of our homes, bodies and the environment.
After strong warnings from scientific and medical experts explaining that current policies have failed to limit and regulate dangerous chemicals, the Act has been introduced to take important steps forward. Experts warned that without taking action these chemicals would continue to contribute to diseases such as cancer, learning disabilities, and infertility, and these Senators listened.
You can see Senator Frank Lautenberg introduce the bill here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq55QvyN3a8&feature=youtu.be)
Montana Conservation Voters supports the Safe Chemicals Act and its ability to address the critical need to update the Toxic Substances Control Act. If you support this much needed update, you can write a personal letter to Senator Baucus and Senator Tester, asking them to cosponsor or simply support this important legislation! Make it a short, personal, hand written letter telling them why this issue is important to you!
If you need some talking points to help get you started, contact Hannah Chessin at Hannah@mtvoters.org.
Once you are done mail the letter to MCV at P.O. Box 63, Billings, MT 59101 and we will deliver all of your letters at once when we meet with Baucus’ staff in May.
You can also call Senator Baucus’ office at (202) 224-2651, or send him an email ¬here and ask him to co-sponsor this bill!
Or call Senator Tester’s office at (866) 554-4403 or email him here and ask him to co-sponsor this bill!
Learn more about the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 here.