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Call-to-Action: support the Safe Chemical Act of 2010

Jun16

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Every so often I try to bring to your attention legislation that I KNOW you want to know about; reforms and bills that are making their way through the halls of Washington that can have a direct impact on our families. Luckily, I am now a Parent Ambassador for the non-profit advocacy organization Healthy Child Healthy World (more on that soon) and they are great about keeping me abreast of what’s going on that’s significant and how to help in the most efficient manner.

Healthy Child informed me about the Safe Chemical Act of 2010 which was just introduced into Congress. It aims to protect our families from harmful chemicals by overhauling our outdated chemical laws. According to Healthy Child, “the current bill is a good first step, but it’s missing some key provisions (like phasing out the worst chemicals first and ensuring that chemicals are tested for safety BEFORE they are allowed on the market).”

They are recommending that parents start calling their Senators in Congress. (If you need help, you can find your representative here: http://www.congress.org/). Apparently phone calls are the most effective way to have your voice heard.

Here are some ideas on what you can say to your Senator’s office if this matter is important to you. If you identify with one or more, go for it:

“Hi my name is ____ and I live in ____. I am really concerned about toxic chemicals in consumer products and their impact on my family’s health. I ask that Senator X support the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010, Bill Number S. 3209, and work to strengthen the bill by:

A. Requiring new chemicals to meet stringent safety standards BEFORE they reach store shelves

B. Quickly phasing out the worst persistent, toxic chemicals

C. Requiring the EPA to adopt National Academy of Sciences Recommendations

D. Ensuring a smooth job transition for potentially impacted workers and communities.”

If it’s not convenient to call your representative, you can still make a difference by sending a letter via email. It’s very very easy.

We can do this.

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Isabel Kallman

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Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of Alphamom.com.

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One Response to “Call-to-Action: support the Safe Chemical Act of 2010”

  1. Rihana Jun 16 at 7:14 pm Reply Reply

    The potential for TSCA reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. The revised bill needs to mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods and tests.

    I agree that we should use the latest science to assess chemicals. Instead of poisoning animals and attempting to apply that data to humans — which hasn’t worked out so far — we need to make sure a reformed TSCA relies on modern human cell and computer-based methods that provide more accurate data on how a chemical acts on cells and what the impact on human health may be.

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