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LCV Statement on EPW Hearing on Regulation of Flame Retardants and Toxic Chemicals

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

July 24, 2012  

WASHINGTON, DC –League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld released the following statement regarding the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee’s hearing today on the regulation of flame retardants and other toxic chemicals:

“Exposure to flame retardants continues to be linked to numerous health problems, particularly in children, yet the chemical industry has attempted every deceptive tactic in the book to protect its profits at the expense of our public health. Fortunately, a bi-partisan group of 26 Senators recently challenged the influence of the industry and supported the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to regulate these toxic, persistent, and bioaccumulative chemicals. We thank these Senators, as well as EPW Chairman Barbara Boxer and Superfund, Toxics, and Environmental Health Subcommittee Chairman Frank Lautenberg, for prioritizing the reduction of our exposure to toxic chemicals. We look forward to tomorrow’s mark-up of the Safe Chemicals Act, which will reform our broken chemical policy to truly protect our health and environment, and urge all members of the EPW Committee to vote for this vitally important legislation.” 


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