The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976 and, unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. You might assume that the chemicals used to make products sold in the U.S., like toys and food containers, are regulated and tested for safety — but they are not.
The majority of chemicals in the market have not been examined to prove their impact on human health and the environment. It's nearly impossible for consumers to find the information they need to identify which chemicals are safe and unsafe. We think this should change. To protect our families and our planet, we are calling on Washington to improve the standards set in 1976 for chemical regulation.
In 2013, the American Sustainable Business Council and Seventh Generation co-founded the Companies for Safer Chemicals Coalition. The Coalition represents over 200 leading businesses united in the belief that meaningful chemical reform can unleash economic and job growth and protect the consumers we serve and the communities live in.
The coalition is calling for reform to improve transparency, safety, and innovation, fostering solutions that lead to sustainable, safer products and technologies.
Hundreds of businesses, brands, health organizations, environmental organizations, and parental organizations have joined Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families national effort to protect families from toxic chemicals.
Please join us in urging the Senate to protect our families and our planet from toxic chemicals.
"Our government is allowing companies to poison our children, our pets and our planet. We believe we must find a way to stop this tragedy and do so without further harm to animals. For 25+ years we've created products and tested formulations without harming animals. There is no reason to subjugate any animal to this cruel punishment."
John B. Replogle, CEO Seventh Generation
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. As it currently stands, TSCA is a broken law. As a result, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals continue to be used in the marketplace since the 1970's without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that produce them.
Seventh Generation stands with our business partners and our allies in the consumer protection and environmental health community to call for the following principles for TSCA reform:
- Any legislation must allow for the EPA to take fast action on the worst chemicals and include specific timetables for such regulatory action.
- The right of states to protect their residents if the federal government fails to do so, or is slow to act, must be protected Science, not industry influence must drive policy; scientific integrity must be protected from undue industry influence.
- Legislation must protect the most vulnerable among us, including pregnant women, children, workers and communities who are disproportionately exposed to chemical exposures.
- The legislation must require that the public has access to information regarding the safety of chemicals; that the responsibility is on chemical manufacturers to demonstrate chemicals are safe before they are allowed to enter the marketplace; and that the federal government invest in developing safer alternatives to toxic chemicals.
- Legislation must require that animal tests be used only as a last resort after all other methods acceptable to the US Environmental Protection Agency have been exhausted.
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