Kerry, Moran Legislation Would Protect Americans from Dangerous Chemicals

Press Release

By:  John Kerry
Date: July 12, 2011
Location: Washington DC

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.) today introduced legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives to protect Americans from dangerous chemicals that may harm human health, specifically the endocrine system. The Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Elimination Act would create a scientific panel to evaluate up to ten chemicals per year that potentially affect the endocrine system and a trigger to ban only those found most harmful to public health.

"It's scary for any parent to think that products they use at home every day might be unknowingly making their kids sick," Senator Kerry said. "We have a responsibility not just to inform Americans of the dangers, but to protect them from chemicals with the potential to cause serious illnesses from birth defects to cancer. It's just common sense."

"When one in every six children has been diagnosed with some type of developmental disability, serious questions arise about whether something is wrong with our environment," Representative Moran said. "We owe it to future generations to solve this puzzle. The bill introduced today will expedite research on endocrine-disrupting chemicals and allow that science, not politics, to guide policies."

Today, there are approximately 80,000 known chemicals in our environment that are potentially harmful, yet many of these chemicals are not tested to determine their effects on human health. This includes common products Americans use every day such as household cleaners, cosmetics or personal care products. There is an increased rate of disorders affecting the human endocrine system, which children developing in the womb are particularly vulnerable to.

The Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Elimination Act:

Establishes the Endocrine Disruption Expert Panel to study up to 10 chemicals per year that potentially cause endocrine disorders. Any chemical that is deemed a high level of concern would be banned from use after two years unless the exposure to humans is mitigated.
Creates a research program through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to further endocrine related research.

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