Kerry Supports Legislation to Increase Protections against Dangerous Toxins

Press Release

By:  John Kerry
Date: April 10, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) has co-sponsored legislation that would help protect America's families, health, and water resources from dangerous toxins.

The Safe Chemicals Act would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 by requiring the chemical industry to provide information on the health and environmental safety of the chemicals they produce, in addition to enabling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to more effectively regulate those chemicals in an effort to reduce harmful effects on the environmental and the public's health.

"The laws on the books don't give the government or the public enough information to protect us from toxic chemicals that affect our health, environment, and the safety of our water supply," said Sen. Kerry. "This bill would help ensure stronger regulations to protect our kids, grandkids, and our families from potential health threats including cancer, asthma, infertility, and developmental disabilities."

The Safe Chemicals Act would:

* Require chemical companies to show the safety of industrial chemicals;

* Ensure the EPA has information on the health risks of chemicals

* Evaluate chemicals that could pose unacceptable risks and restrict chemicals from the marketplace that do not meet safety standards;

* Provide broad worker, market, and public access to chemical information through a public database; and

* Promote safe chemical innovation and green chemistry by incentivizing the market to develop safer alternatives to chemicals of concern.

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