Our current system for assessing chemical safety is badly broken. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the nation’s primary chemical safety law, has failed to protect public health.
The good news? Chemical reform is on its way. The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 would take meaningful steps to protect American families from harmful household chemicals. Both of Montana’s Senators – Sen. Max Baucus and Sen. Jon Tester – issued public statements of support. Let’s spread the word, build more public support, and pass this critical reform.
Outreach for Safer Chemicals: Write a Letter to the Editor
While Congress inches toward chemical policy reform, Montana familes continue to face exposure to harmful toxins in their own homes. It is time to pass the Safe Chemicals Act, and we need your help.
Will you write a letter to the editor asking Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act today? Email me at email@example.com if you are willing to help.
Current laws fail to protect our families from BPA, formaldehyde, asbestos, lead and mercury in products as common as carpets, toys and baby bottles. Even the label-readers among us are in the dark on this one. Many of us are savvy consumers who avoid transfats or artificial colors, but our homes - our sanctuaries - may still be full of chemicals that can make us sick. The kicker? Many of these chemicals have been banned in Europe and Japan, but still line the shelves of U.S. retail outlets.
Will you write a letter to the editor of your local paper today and urge Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act? Drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd be willing to help.
The Safe Chemicals Act makes families safer:
- Improves chemical safety, requiring chemical companies to provide reliable information to consumers in order to remain on the market,
- Removes the "worst of the worst" from the market immediately,
- Protects health using the best available science, evaluating chemical safety based on their affects on more vulnerable people - like pregnant women and kids - instead of healthy, adult males
- Informs the market, consumers and the public, requiring public disclosure of basic health and safety information,
- Protects communities disproportionately affected by chemicals.
Luckily, both of Montana's Senators, Baucus and Tester, support the Safe Chemicals Act. Montana families want common-sense reform, and we'd like it this year. We want our Senators to know Montana families appreciate their leadership, and chemical policy reform is important to us.
If you'd like to write a letter to the editor, I can provide talking points if you would like, and information on how to submit it. Email Sarah Cobler at email@example.com today to help!
Sample Letter of to the Editor:
“The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 is a piece of legislation that can help protect my family from chemicals like BPA and formaldehyde that are hiding in the products we use on a daily basis.
The public has a right to know which chemicals are dangerous and which are not. We shouldn’t have to worry that toxic chemicals are lurking in everyday products, from toothpaste to children’s toys.
The Safe Chemicals Act is simple: it requires testing and disclosure of toxic chemicals before they can enter the marketplace. This is a common sense consumer protection that we have needed for years.
Senators Baucus and Tester have already shown their support for the Safe Chemicals Act. Their continued leadership on consumer protection issues is much appreciated. When this bill passes, Montana families could feel safer about the products in their homes.”
The Path toward Safer Chemicals: Background
Senator Baucus’ Statement of Support for Chemical Policy Reform
"I have heard many times in recent years from Montanans who are passionate about improving chemical safety. Parents from across Montana, and mothers in particular, are worried about the products that surround their children. Congress should give EPA better tools to keep our families safe, including strong up-front requirements for obtaining data about chemicals and the ability to prioritize the risk of different chemicals." read Baucus' full statement here.