When Lisa Jackson took over as EPA administrator in 2009, she expressed strong views about exposure to toxins.
“A child born in America today will grow up exposed to more chemicals than a child from any other generation in our history…Our kids are getting steady infusions of industrial chemicals before we even give them solid food…Today, advances in toxicology and analytical chemistry are revealing new pathways of exposure…There are subtle and troubling effects of chemicals on hormone systems, human reproduction, intellectual development and cognition.”
Jackson promised to focus on reforming the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, also known as TSCA, which regulates the introduction of chemicals into the marketplace. She said “The law and the structure of the law in no way is modern enough or has enough teeth.”
Unfortunately, Ms. Jackson resigned from her position without seeing the reform she had envisioned, and forward motion on getting control over the chemicals we’re ingesting, inhaling and absorbing is currently rife with opposition.
To spark forward momentum for TSCA reform, Seventh Generation and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) formed the Companies for Safer Chemicals Coalition. As of the publishing of this post, more than 70 companies and organizations had already joined the coalition. The group has been supporting and promoting passage of new legislation to help protect the public from harmful chemicals.
Naturepedic is proud to be a founding member of the coalition.
A major reason for opposition to reform is the belief that changing ingredients to less harmful alternatives will be cost prohibitive. The Coalition is working to present a business case that shows other companies that it can be done — and to the benefit of each company, their customers, and the environment.
According to a recent poll conducted by the ASBC, small business is behind making these changes.
“Most business owners explicitly support government regulations of the products companies buy and sell, and nearly three out of four support a proposed reform of the Toxic Substances Reform Act requiring manufacturers to show their chemicals are safe.”
For more information, or to join the coalition, see the ASBC website.