Take action for better regulation of toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer and a healthier world for all of us

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Support Strong Regulation of Toxic Chemicals

You can help reduce exposures to toxic chemicals in our daily lives and create a healthier world for all of us by taking action:

Ask your Senators to support strong toxic chemical regulation, which would help stop cancer before it starts. Take action today by telling your Senators that strong chemical regulation must address:

  • Burden of Proof: the burden of proof for chemical safety must be placed squarely on the shoulders of industry rather than on the EPA having to prove they are toxic.
  • Precautionary Principle: a strong chemical safety bill must require that products are proven safe before they enter the marketplace – rather than after they are already in our homes and our bodies.
  • Expedited Action on the Worst Chemicals: existing chemical regulation requires unnecessary red tape before the EPA can phase out a chemical identified as dangerous. Instead of creating obstacles for regulators to protect the public, strong chemical reform must allow for expedited action for the worst chemicals.
  • Protection for Heavily Impacted Communities: central to any proposed chemical regulation must be a special focus to reduce toxic chemicals in “hot spot” communities heavily impacted by chemical exposures.
  • Allowance for Stronger Laws: federal chemical regulation should not be allowed to override state or regional laws that protect people from toxic chemicals.
  • Establish Deadlines and Timetables: this should go without saying, but chemical regulation should have a realistic implementation schedule that requires compliance and gives the EPA the necessary incentives and resources to implement changes necessitated by the new law.

For more information

Chemical Reform Update – the Senate is Finally Listening, but They Need to Act (July 2013)

Important Update About Regulation of Toxic Chemicals (June 2013)

Chemical Safety Improvement Act Doesn’t Go Nearly Far Enough (May 2013)

Breast Cancer Action is a part of the national Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition, working to create federal policy that will help stop breast cancer before it starts through stronger regulation of toxins linked to breast cancer.

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Take Action for Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

toxiclipstickIn the United States, there are no restrictions on ingredients in body care products, no required testing for harmful chemicals, and no obligations to include certain ingredients on labels.

This lack of regulation is how we end up with personal care products containing toxins linked to breast cancer.

You can advocate for systemic change that will make our personal care products safer. Send a letter to your Representative now asking them to support The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (H.R. 1385).

To learn more about this issue, view our free webinar “Toxic Cosmetics: Demanding Stronger Regulation.”

To learn more about The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013, visit our partners at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.