FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
WASHINGTON, DC – League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld released this statement following the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s mark-up today of the Safe Chemicals Act:
“The League of Conservation Voters applauds the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for passing the Safe Chemicals Act and affirming the urgent need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act in order to protect public health and the environment from toxic chemicals. Today’s vote is the first on significant TSCA reform in over 35 years, despite a growing body of scientific evidence that demonstrates the link between chemicals in our everyday products and rising incidences of health problems, particularly in children.
We especially applaud Sen. Frank Lautenberg for his leadership in addressing the urgent need for chemical policy reform and for his longstanding willingness to reach across the aisle and work with all stakeholders. Even after years of discussion and compromise to address the chemical industry’s concerns, they continue to try to run out the clock in order to prevent meaningful chemical policy reform.
The public can no longer afford to wait while Congressional Republicans and the industry employ tactics of deception and delay. The time for action is now. We look forward to consideration of this bill by the full Senate and encourage bipartisan support of this vital measure to protect the health of our families and our environment from dangerous chemicals.”