This week, Congress reformed the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, changing the way our nation manages toxic chemicals. It's a major overhaul of the only bedrock environmental law that has never been amended. Champions like Senator Merkley are to be commended for standing up to industry interests to defend public health provisions.
We still need to address flaws in the new law that undermine its effectiveness. And it will take vigilance and funding to ensure that the this reform is implemented in ways that truly protect public health and protect our most vulnerable.
States like Oregon, and a broad network of advocates including Oregon Environ...
Behind closed doors in Congress, a small group of legislators is about overhaul the way we control toxic chemicals in the United States.
We need you to speak up now to ensure that they get it right.
For the first time since it passed in 1976, both the Senate and House have voted to reform the flawed and outdated Toxic Substances Control Act. As a small group negotiates between the House and Senate bills, there are three ways this could go:
They could agree on a way to truly protect people from cancer-causing, brain-damaging, hormone-interfering chemicals.
They could buckle under industry pressure, and put industry profits in front of ...
We all deserve to live, work and play in healthy, safe environments. That’s why Oregon Environmental Council brings Oregonians together to reduce harmful chemicals in our air, water, food and in our homes and buildings. We promote policies to protect Oregonians from unnecessary toxics and unite health experts and caregivers to create safer places to learn and grow.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), one of the main federal laws that regulates chemical safety in the U.S., is woefully out of date. Created in 1976, TSCA desperately needs to be overhauled to reflect the latest health science and medical knowledge about chemicals that we come ...