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Join the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaign. If you believe you have the right to be healthy, the right to work in a safe environment, and the right to know what chemicals are in your body, this is the national campaign you've been waiting for! Join the thousands of people signing on to make a change.

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Consumer product testing by HealthyStuff.org shows hazardous chemicals are far too commonplace in everyday consumer products. The problem is so pervasive, even the most diligent shoppers cannot avoid bringing toxic chemicals into their homes. To ensure the products we bring into our homes are safe, we need to update and strengthen the broken national law. The time has come for common sense limits on harmful chemicals.

Please send the email below to show your support for a 21st Century chemicals law that protects our children. Feel free to personalize this message!

 

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
As another report finds the presence of hazardous chemicals in our homes, vehicles, and our workplaces, I urge you to support legislation to reform the nation's law that is failing to protect my family from toxic chemicals.

Consumer product testing by HealthyStuff.org shows that hazardous chemicals are far too commonplace in everyday consumer products. Children's toys, pet products, handbags and vehicles contain harmful chemicals. Even the most diligent shoppers cannot avoid bringing unwanted toxic chemicals into their homes through consumer products.

Chemicals should be proven safe before being added to products, but current law assumes chemicals are safe until proven harmful. That system doesn't work. We need a new, stronger law that puts common sense limits on harmful chemicals.

Chemicals have been increasingly linked to health problems in people, including reproductive problems, developmental and learning disabilities, and cancer. Almost one-half of all Americans live with at least one chronic disease, like asthma, diabetes or heart disease. If we could prevent just one percent of these chronic conditions by controlling chemicals, we could save 15 billion dollars in medical costs every year.

The law governing toxic chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is now 33 years old and has never been modernized. Outdated technologies and unsafe chemicals have created costs too great to bear to sustain our quality of life, with broad implications for our health care system and our economy.

There are 82,000 chemicals available for use in the U.S. yet only about 200 chemicals have been assessed for safety. Only 5 chemicals have been removed from use based on health and safety concerns.

The time has come to give the federal government enough authority to require that chemicals be tested for safety before they are put into the products we use every day.

As your constituent, I urge you to support legislation that will:

1. Take immediate action to stop the use of the most dangerous toxic chemicals;

2. Give the EPA the power to assess the safety of all chemicals so that the health of all people and the environment, especially the most vulnerable subpopulations, including children, workers, and pregnant women will be protected;

3. Improve the right to know about toxic chemicals by allowing the public, workers, and the marketplace to have full access to information about the health hazards from chemicals and the way in which government safety decisions are made.

Legislation to modernize and update TSCA will be introduced this fall. I urge you to support this effort to lead us into a new era of safer chemicals and healthy families.

Thank you for your leadership.

Sincerely,