On February 27th Representative Shimkus (R-IL) unveiled the Chemicals in Commerce Act as a “discussion draft” to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This is the latest step in debates over reforming TSCA, which has not been updated since it was passed in 1976.
MBCC is a longtime active member of the coalition, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, and agrees with their expert analysis of this bill. Unfortunately, this effort (fueled by the interests of the chemical industry) fails to better protect public health from the multitude of common chemical exposures we face today. Andy Igrejas, the Director of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, states:
“This bill would do nothing whatsoever to protect the public from the health impacts of toxic chemicals and would instead roll back the very limited oversight that we currently have. It lacks credibility except as a political statement for corporate supporters in an election year. Anyone who cares about the health impacts of chemicals on American families will forcefully oppose this legislation. The draft ignores nearly every recommendation for reform made by health professionals, environmental experts, and advocates for families dealing with cancer, autism, infertility and other health problems linked to chemical exposure, but it adopts the wish list of oil and chemical companies like Dow and ExxonMobil.”
Safer Chemicals Healthy Families notes the following problems with the Chemicals in Commerce Act: