A chemical soup of long-lasting substances like DDT, PCBs and PBDEs has contaminated our environment and our bodies for decades. Most of the global community recognized years ago that these persistent chemicals pose a threat to current and future generations around the world. That's why 169 countries have adopted the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, which targets this entire class of chemicals for worldwide phaseout.
As you may know, the U.S. has not yet ratified the Stockholm Convention. Giving EPA the authority to tackle PBTs here are home will bring us one step closer to joining this global effort, and will strengthen our hand in international negotiations to protect current and future generations from these dangerous chemicals.
On March 3rd, PAN delivered this petition with 2,597 signatures to Representative Rush and other key committee members. To learn more about our work on persistent chemicals, please visit our webpages on Pesticides in our Bodies and the POPs Treaty. Thank you for getting involved!