Pediatricians: It’s Time to Reform Toxic Substances Law
This quote from Andy Igrejas, director of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition, caught our attention on-line yesterday:
“We can now add the well-researched and trusted voice of the nation’s pediatricians to those calling for reform of the U.S. chemical law. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that a new law must prioritize children’s health by protecting children and their families from dangerous chemicals. With this recommendation, AAP has joined the nation’s leading health organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, and the American Nurses Association, in calling for an overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which is widely understood to be ineffective at protecting the public from exposure to toxic chemicals. The input from the AAP is particularly helpful as it provides authoritative medical guidance to policy makers on the details of reform as they begin debate again this month. Years in the making, the AAP statement comes at a critical time. The U.S. Senate has legislation before it, the Safe Chemicals Act, that tracks closely with the Academy’s recommendations. The Senate should move quickly to enact it.”
The chemical industry, of course, wants us to believe current laws are absolutely fine. The industry fully understands that most Americans actually believe the EPA and other governmental agencies are doing a perfectly fine job of protecting us from chemical exposures.
But anyone who’s paying attention knows currently legislation is woefully inadequate. The legislation, in fact, is anything but current.
Please understand what the Safe Chemicals Act is all about and urge your elected officials to support it.
Understand too, however, that the Safe Chemical Act doesn’t specifically address pesticides such as weed and insect killers on your lawns. That regulation is covered by legislation known as FIFRA. Most observers feel that legislation is also woefully inadequate and that the EPA is vastly understaffed to perform the necessary evaluations. Re-evaluations of pesticides take years under the current system and almost completely relies on data provided by product manufacturers. To better understand the complexity of the process, click here: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/registration.htm.
So while you’re at it, calling your local politicians to talk about the Safe Chemicals Act, let them know that you think pesticides need better regulations, too.