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December 17, 2013 / franteplitz

Announcing: Companies for Safer Chemicals

chemicalsThere’s now new, positive momentum to control toxic chemicals!

A group of the country’s leading consumer brands, including members of Green America’s Green Business Network, have announced the formation of a new coalition to urge Congress to modernize the nation’s out-of-date and ineffective chemical safety laws. The new coalition, Companies for Safer Chemicals, will make a business argument for strong chemical policy reforms that support the industry in producing safer products.

“Green America is pleased to be among the founding members of this coalition to fundamentally transform US chemical policy,” stated Fran Teplitz, Green America’s Policy Director. Led by Seventh Generation and the American Sustainable Business Council, participating businesses include Patagonia, Stonyfield Farm, Aubrey Organics, Method, Naturepedic, Badger, Annie’s, EILEEN FISHER, Zarbee’s Naturals, Keys, Think Dirty, Beautycounter and others.

The coalition’s declaration states:

As companies and business leaders we’re asking Congress to pass comprehensive and effective chemical safety reform legislation now. Chemical policy reform must protect the most vulnerable among us, and require public access to information regarding the safety of chemicals. Reform must respect the rights of states to protect their residents when the federal government fails to do so, and require the Environmental Protection Agency to take fast action on the most harmful chemicals. Right now the Chemical Safety Improvement Act does NOT meet these criteria. Guided by good science, legislation can drive business innovation and success, and protect public health.

Teplitz continued, “The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), passed in 1976, is in dire need of being updated. Contrary to what some industry groups say, there are a growing number of businesses across the country that support strong chemical safety provisions. This makes sense from a business perspective as well as from the perspective of human and environmental health.”  Green America has long educated the public on the prevalence of toxic substances in everyday products and on the businesses that are making products safely and responsibly.

The full declaration can be found here: http://bit.ly/SaferChemicalsBizPetition

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