Are school-aged kids tested more often than toxic chemicals? You betcha. Most toxic chemicals haven’t been tested at all– and most school-age kids have been tested a lot.
Today’s News and Observer posted my op-ed about toxic chemical reform. Please, I understand that knowing where to start can be overwhelming and intimidating, but we have to start somewhere.
In 1976 the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a largely unenforceable piece of legislation, became law. All chemicals manufactured since have been regulated (unregulated) by it.
In 2014, we have two pieces of draft legislation floating in both the Senate and the House. The House version, appropriately named the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA) combined with the Senate’s Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) does a fair amount of forsoothing and henceforthing new rules, most of which favor industry over consumer protection. Both drafts strip the power of toxic chemical regulation from the state, and neither draft replaces that state regulation with comprehensive federal oversight.
There is a middle ground where industry can advance and my children’s health can be protected.
I wrote about this same issue, in greater detail and with more links, after getting back from DC with the kids last year.
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