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Brown Sides with Chemical Companies Over Massachusetts Families

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

October 16, 2012  

WASHINGTON – With a new investigation revealing that ads supporting him were funded by the chemical industry, Senator Scott Brown remains “unable to support” the Safe Chemicals Act, the first significant toxics reform in over 35 years. Despite repeatedly touting his bipartisan credentials, Brown has not joined his colleague Senator Kerry in cosponsoring this common sense legislation. Brown’s extreme position ignores science and puts the health of Massachusetts families at risk as chemicals in our everyday products continue contributing to rising incidences of health problems, particularly in children.

“In opposing common sense legislation to make our everyday products safer, Scott Brown has made the needs of the chemical industry his top priority over the health of Massachusetts families,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.

In July, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the Safe Chemicals Act, the first significant overhaul of our nation’s toxic policy in more than three decades. The legislation reforms the Toxic Substances Control Act, which was passed in 1976 to protect families from dangerous chemicals.

By failing to support the Safe Chemicals Act, Brown is opposing improvements to chemical safety that would finally require adequate testing of all chemicals in our everyday products. The legislation would also ensure our most vulnerable populations, including pregnant women and children, are protected from even low doses of dangerous chemicals.

Last week, LCV launched a $200,000 mail program in the Massachusetts Senate race highlighting Brown’s ties to Big Oil and his 278 votes against President Obama’s agenda, including the President’s efforts to save taxpayers billions by ending subsidies for Big Oil. Combined with the large canvass LCV is running in the state, LCV plans to spend more than a million dollars in this Senate race. 

With a feeble 22% score, Brown has far and away the worst lifetime ranking of any member of Massachusetts’ Congressional delegation on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard, a non-partisan, nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. For more information, visit

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