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03 Apr

Tell the Senate to hold the chemical industry accountable

 

Toxic Chemicals

PETITION: Tell the
Senate to hold the chemical industry accountable and to protect our families
from harmful toxic chemicals.

The McGlynn

Did you know that the EPA is required
to test only a few hundred of the 85,000 different chemicals currently on the
market? In fact, the federal law governing how we regulate chemicals doesn’t
even require chemical companies to prove that the chemicals they make are safe
before they end up in products.

This means that on a daily
basis we are at risk of being exposed to dangerous, cancer-causing chemicals.
These harmful chemicals may be in our workplaces, our classrooms and
our homes – in our clothing, furniture, cleaning products, plastics, cosmetics,
children’s toys and countless other everyday products.

In response, we’re working with a
coalition of organizations and activists from across the country to collect
100,000 signed petitions in support of the Safe Chemicals Act,
which would take meaningful steps to protect our families from harmful
chemicals.

Will you add your
voice to the thousands of Americans who are working to protect our families from
toxic chemicals? Please sign our petition to the Senate.

The Toxic Substances Control Act, the
nation’s primary chemical safety law, has failed to protect public health, the
environment and our communities. While the rates of diseases like asthma,
diabetes, childhood cancers, infertility, and learning and behavioral disorders
keep going up, the federal system that should protect us from harmful chemicals
hasn’t changed in 35 years.

The reason for this inaction?
The chemical industry is vigorously fighting to protect its
profits.

For decades, the chemical industry
has fought efforts to reform our nation’s chemical safety laws. Last year, the
industry spent $52 million lobbying Congress to block meaningful reform efforts.
And just recently, they spent another $1.5 million on deceptive television ads
to mislead and confuse the public about the severity of the problem.

We need to seize
this moment. Please sign our petition urging senators to hold the chemical
industry accountable and to protect our families from harmful toxic
chemicals.

The Safe Chemicals Act would overhaul
the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act by requiring the EPA to identify
and restrict the “worst of the worst” chemicals, upgrading scientific methods
for testing and evaluating chemicals and requiring basic health and safety
information for all chemicals as a condition for entering or remaining on the
market, among other key provisions.

Help us reach our goal of 100,000
signed petitions by taking action today. After gathering your
signatures, we’ll hand deliver them to your senators this spring, urging them to
co-sponsor and pass the Safe Chemicals Act.
We must mobilize now to
protect our families and reform the nation’s chemical safety law.

Thank you,

Gene
Karpinski
President
League of Conservation Voter

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