Sign the Petition and Send a Letter Asking your Senator to Support the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
The use of chemistry is fundamental to our everyday life, from the clothes we wear to the medicines that keep us healthy. Yet, TSCA is nearly 40 years old and everyone agrees that we need to modernize the law in order to harness the advances in science and technology and to give consumers greater confidence in the safety of chemicals.
While chemical makers invest significant resources to study and test their products, Americans also need to feel confident that the federal regulatory system is working to protect their families and the environment.
The primary law overseeing the safety of chemical products—the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)—was passed in 1976 and provides the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to review and regulate chemicals in commerce. TSCA was designed to ensure that products are safe for intended use. While the law created a robust system of regulations, over time, confidence in EPA’s regulation of chemicals has eroded.
This lack of confidence has created pressure on individual state legislatures to create their own chemicals management laws and on retailers to pull products from the shelves, often based on the claims of activists rather than scientific conclusions.
As a result, the regulatory landscape and marketplace have become fractured and contradictory in some cases. After decades of implementation, it has become apparent that TSCA needs updating to reflect advances in science and technology, as well as today’s public expectations of vigorous government oversight.
Fortunately Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) have introduced the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, S. 697. S. 697 is supported by 22 Republican and Democrat senators and presents the best opportunity in nearly four decades to finally meet our goal. We need your help. Please reach out to your elected officials and tell them to support the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act!!
Sign the Petition: Tell the Senate to Pass TSCA Reform
The nation’s primary law regulating the way chemicals are produced and used, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), was passed in 1976 and has never been updated.
Technology, chemical uses, and understanding of how chemicals can affect people and the environment have advanced dramatically in the past four decades. However, the way the U.S. EPA oversees chemicals has remained the same. It's time to reform chemical regulation so Americans can have greater confidence that chemicals are being used safely.
Fortunately, thanks to years of negotiations and input from Democrats, Republicans, businesses, environment and public health groups, scientists, doctors, and public officials, the bipartisan “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” or S. 697, has been introduced to bring chemical oversight up to date. S. 697 is a rare example of true bipartisan cooperation and compromise, sponsored by 11 Republicans and 11 Democrats as of April 1.
Why should I support this bill?
Everyone agrees that chemical regulation needs to be better.
Industry, environmentalists, public health officials, Republicans, and Democrats all believe it is time to reform chemical regulation.
Previous attempts to pass a new chemical oversight law failed because they lacked bipartisan support. This time 22 Senators—11 Democrats and 11 Republicans—have signed onto S. 697 making it the first legislation in 40 years that can succeed at strengthening chemical regulation.
S. 697 will make common-sense changes to improve chemical regulation over current law by accomplishing the following:
- mandating safety reviews for all chemicals in use
- strengthening the standard of safety chemicals must meet
- prioritizing the protection of infants, children, pregnant women, workers, and the elderly, all of whom may be more vulnerable to the effects of chemicals
- making it easier for first responders and doctors to get critical information in the event of an emergency involving chemicals
- creating a strong national program that will protect all Americans and provide businesses with the certainty of a uniform set of rules so our economy can continue to grow
Who already supports this bill?
In addition to the bipartisan group of Senators who are sponsoring the bill, S. 697 is supported by the Environmental Defense Fund, national and state labor organizations, former EPA regulators from Republican and Democratic administrations, public health groups, state officials, and 130 national business groups representing over 20 million Americans.
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SENATORS, PLEASE PASS S.697 TO MAKE COMMON-SENSE BIPARTISAN REFORMS TO CHEMICAL REGULATION THAT WILL KEEP FAMILIES SAFE AND OUR ECONOMY GROWING.