Prevention – Toxic Chemicals Reform Bill Heading to President’s Desk

On June 7, the Senate passed the legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act that passed the House on May 24th. The bill now heads to the President’s desk, where he is expected to sign it. The Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (HR 2576) will regulate chemicals so that they no longer present unreasonable risks of injury to health or environment. In recent years, many chemicals commonly used in every day products have been linked to increased risks for learning and developmental disabilities as well as cancer, infertility, and obesity. While the legislation contains reforms that should enable the EPA to tackle the worst chemicals, it falls short of what public health advocates have sought. Read a fact sheet on the bill here and learn more at chemical safety here.

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