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 legislators to support strong toxic chemical regulation, which would help stop cancer before it starts. Take action today by telling your Congressperson 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.
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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.