October 01, 2015

Asbestos, disease burden, and TSCA reform

Celeste Monforton DrPH, MPH of Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, The Pump Handle

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has teamed up with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to push a bill in Congress to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). We’ve written previously (e.g., here, here, here) about this flawed legislation (S.697). Regrettably, it has 55 Republicans and Democrats supporting it and the full Senate will likely be voting on the bill in the coming weeks.

Although EDF and ACC assert broad support for the legislation, I wish the Senators would pay attention to the 450 health, environmental and labor groups that oppose S.697.  Their coalition is diverse and includes large organizations such as Autism Speaks; the Union of Concerned Scientists; the American Nurses Association; and Physicians for Social Responsibility, and local groups such as the Air Alliance of Houston; the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine; and the Ohio Nurses Association. The ACC and EDF seem to have the deep pockets to push S.697 on lawmakers, but the concerns of hundreds of health and environmental organizations should not be discounted by the Senators. ... read more

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