Strengthen the Safe Chemicals Act
The Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 is moving through Congress right now, and it could turn our 30-year-old “innocent until proven guilty” approach to toxic chemicals on its head. The proposed bill is a huge step forward – but it’s not yet strong enough.
To protect future generations, the new law must direct EPA to take swift action on persistent, bioaccumulative toxic chemicals (PBTs). These chemicals can last for years in the environment and build up in our bodies over time. PBTs have been linked to cancer, infertility, diabetes and many other chronic diseases. Most can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The sooner we act, the sooner children will be born free of these long-lasting pollutants.
Talking points for your call:
- >> I want to express my support for the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010, and urge you to make it strong enough to protect future generations.
- >> Specifically, I urge you to support strong language prioritizing action on persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic (PBT) chemicals in the new law.
- >> PBTs are inherently unsafe. They persist in the environment for many years - often decades. They build up in the food chain, and can pass from mother to child during pregnancy. And they are highly toxic, often at very low levels of exposure. Many health effects from low-level exposure are long term, sometimes even appearing in the next generation.
- >> I urge you to take action on PBTs, as your international colleagues have done through the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. It’s time to protect the today’s communities and tomorrow’s children from dangerous chemicals. Let’s get our house in order on PBTs.