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Heather White, Chief of Staff EWG

Last week, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works stood up for protecting public health and making chemicals kid-safe by passing the Safe Chemicals Act out of committee -- an important first step in fixing our nation's broken chemical policy.

The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 would require the industry to test its products and prove they are safe. This would be a long overdue reform of the weak and outdated 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, the only major U.S. environmental law that has never been modernized. Since Congress enacted it 36 years ago, tens of thousands of new chemicals have come onto the marketplace with little or no safety testing.

Watch below to get the inside scoop on reforming our nation's toxics policy from EWG Action Fund Chief of Staff Heather White.

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