Dear Sen. McConnell:
I am frustrated with the skyrocketing rates of cancer, learning and developmental disabilities, birth defects, and other chronic illnesses Kentuckians face. Countless scientific studies have shown that limiting exposure to toxic chemicals--found in everyday products like cosmetics, cleaning supplies, and flame retardants--can help to reduce these illnesses and save on healthcare expenses.
Passage of S. 847, also known as the Safe Chemicals Act, would take the necessary and appropriate steps in addressing this issue by reforming the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. The legislation would require chemical companies to develop and provide information on the health and environmental safety of their chemicals, require the EPA to take immediate action on the worst chemicals, require the EPA to take prompt action to reduce chemical exposures in communities designated toxic hot spots, and reward innovate companies by fast-tracking new, safer chemicals on their way to the marketplace.
I am writing to ask you to support these safer chemical standards by allowing the Safe Chemicals Act a full hearing when it reaches the Senate floor. Please do what you can to create a safer, toxic free future for Kentucky families.