Video: Superheroes to Congress - Safe Chemicals Now!
The primary US law aimed at protecting our health from toxic chemicals is the Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA. TSCA was passed in 1976 and has not been updated since then.
In 1976, Gerald Ford was president, The Washington DC Metro ran its first train, Elvis Presley was still performing, no one had heard of the internet yet and rotary phones were still the norm. We've come a long way since 1976, but unfortunately, our nation's chemical law has not.
TSCA was a poorly written law when it was passed. The EPA was not even able to use it to regulate the known carcinogen asbestos in the 1980s. Even if it had been an effective law then, it would need updating. We have learned so much about toxic chemicals and our use of them has changed so much since 1976.
Enter the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. In April, Senators Frank Lautenberg, Barbara Boxer, Amy Klobuchar, Charles Schumer and others introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 to upgrade America's outdated system for managing chemical safety and to protect families from toxic chemicals linked to serious health problems.
In August, moms and kids dressed as superheros and paid visits to the Boston offices of Massachusetts Senators Scott Brown and John Kerry to ask them to be heroes and co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act. Watch the video of their day of action to see some young superheros with a powerful message:It's now December. It's been 8 months since the bill was filed and 4 months since this group of superheros asked our Senators to join them. Neither Senator has co-sponsored the bill, though we've been in touch with Senator Kerry's office and essentially have his support. Senator Brown has remained completely silent on the issue.
If you live or vote in Massachusetts call Senators Scott Brown and John Kerry today and ask them to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.
Senator Brown: (202) 224-4543
Senator Kerry: (202) 224-2742
A friendly staff member will answer the phone, or you’ll be asked to leave a message. Please ask our Massachusetts Senators to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act and let them know what city or town you live in. Then report your call to us so that we can keep track.
Sample Message for Senators Brown and Kerry:
"Hi my name is _______ and I am a (insert something like mom, dad, aunt, nurse, doctor etc). I am really concerned about toxic chemicals in consumer products and their impact on my family’s health. I’m calling Senator ________ to ask him to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. American families deserve to be protected from toxic chemicals in our homes, workplaces and communities."
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