A key Senate committee is poised to pass a terrible bill that would undermine our efforts to protect public health from toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer.
Each day, we’re all exposed to chemicals that increase our risk of breast cancer. There are 80,000 chemicals in everyday use in the U.S. – but less than 2% of them have been tested for human safety. This is truly outrageous – and it’s why we need an overhaul of our broken chemical regulation system. We need strong regulations of toxic chemicals that put public health before corporate profit.
But the current chemical “reform” bill on the table, called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697), couldn’t be further from the real reform we need. This bill not only fails to push for meaningful change, it also makes current chemical safety laws worse in these three key ways:
- Prohibits State Action: This bill would block states who want to take action from regulating chemicals on the Environmental Protection Agency’s “to review” list, a list that, because of the bill’s inadequate deadlines, is set to take hundreds of years to get through.
- Provides Chemical “Low-Priority” Loophole: Chemicals the EPA deems “low priority” will not be reviewed at all and would be treated as safe for human exposure without any evidence.
- Creates Obstacles for Product Regulation: The bill requires the EPA to prove “significant exposure” to unsafe chemicals in products like baby bottles and clothing in order to take action.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is expected to vote on this bill any day now. They’ve been hearing from the chemical industry and now these Senators need tohear from you that you want protection from toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer.