The Sierra Club works to protect people and the environment from toxic chemical pollution. Reducing exposure to hazardous substances protects families and wildlife, and improves our water quality and neighborhoods.
A top Sierra Club priority is reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). For almost 40 years environmental organizations have struggled to reform this weak and ineffective national law. It has addressed few chemicals and remains unenforced. As a result, thousands of untested chemicals enter the marketplace without regulation or warning labels. Some recently proposed TSCA reform bills have been inadequate, but now there is one Sierra Club can support..
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- This week, Senator Barbara Boxer introduced the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act, legislation co-authored with Senator Ed Markey to reform federal chemical policy.
In response, Melinda Pierce, Legislative Director for the Sierra Club, released the following statement:
"“Senator Boxer’s legislation is the true gold standard to bring meaningful reform that implements real safeguards to protect our families from dangerous toxic chemicals. This bill ensures the effort to protect Americans from toxics doesn't get rolled back, but moves forward. American families can’t wait any longer for strong legislation like this, and it is past time for it to get a fair hearing in the Senate.”
The Sierra Club's overall goals are to :
- Reform national and international systems of regulating toxics in commerce.
- Reduce exposure to toxics where we work, live, and play;
- Eliminate unnecessary toxic chemicals in consumer products;
- Return the United States as a leader in protecting the public from toxics.
It seeks to do this by::
- Empowering Sierra Club activists, members, and the public to reduce threats to public and environmental health caused by toxic chemicals.
- Educating consumers about the potential risks of hazardous substances such as endocrine disruptors, formaldehyde, lead, mercury, and other persistent bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs)
- Following the Precautionary Principle when there is a lack of information about risks from exposures,
- Reforming national and international systems of regulating toxics in commerce or from past practices, especially those in consumer products, so that they more effectively protect the public and the environment.
- Promoting legislation that will reduce exposure to toxics where we work, live and play;
- Working with local communities to clean up toxic waste sites;
- Advocating for environmental justice for all people.
You can learn more about the Toxics Program and access its many resource documents on its Grassroots Network Team site:
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