Bipartisan Chemical Reform Bill Introduced in Congress
Women’s Voices for the Earth Statement
May 22, 2013
Today, Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced a groundbreaking bipartisan bill in Congress to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). TSCA has not been updated since 1976, and is not sufficient for protecting public health from toxic chemicals like phthalates, lead, BPA, flame retardants, and other harmful chemicals.
Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) is pleased to see bi-partisan support for chemical policy reform with the recent introduction of the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 (S.1009). However, there are many areas of the bill that need to be strengthened in order to achieve meaningful reform of our broken chemical policy laws. WVE will continue to work to ensure S. 1009 includes provisions that will protect women’s health to the highest standard possible and increase transparency of the chemicals used in products we come into contact with every day.
To learn more, read the press release from Senator Lautenberg’s office on the bill release here.