Tomorrow, LCV will join a national event in speaking out against dangerous and unregulated chemicals that threaten the health of American households. A National Stroller Brigade, held at the U.S. Capitol at 10 AM, will demand action on the Safe Chemicals Act to protect public health and the environment instead of Big Chem’s profits.
Last week, the Chicago Tribune published a series revealing how chemical manufacturers have misled the public about the health risks posed by flame retardants found in household products and furnishings. In Saturday’s New York Times, Nicholas Kristof explains how these substances have been linked to cancer, fetal impairment and reproductive problems, while doing little to minimize fire hazards.
Using deceptive lobbying techniques, tobacco and chemical companies have blocked attempts to pass legislation that would protect families from toxic retardants. Current law limits the EPA from gaining health and safety information on chemicals like these. As a result, EPA has regulated only five of the 80,000 chemicals currently registered in the United States.
State LCVs are joining coalitions and citizens from over 30 states to demand action from Congress on Senator Frank Lautenberg’s Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. This Act would revamp existing law, requiring manufacturers to be transparent about the chemicals they produce and equipping EPA to recall substances that are proven unsafe. The legislation would ensure that dangerous chemicals stay out of consumer products and household furnishings where they threaten vulnerable populations, including pregnant women and children.