The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011: Keeping Our Homes, Businesses, Environment and Selves SafeApril 17th, 2011 | Posted by in Current Events | Environment
On Thursday, April 14, Senator Frank Lautenberg introduced the “Safe Chemicals Act of 2011″ to the Congress. The bill seeks to modernize some aging legislation, namely the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), which was designed to protect americans from exposure to dangerous toxins.
According to a press release [PDF] sent out on Friday, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is supporting this piece of legislation. Green Depot, which sells a range of green products, is an active member of the ASBC, and our CEO Sarah Beatty has spoken in favor of this legislation, as well.
“I believe more fervently now than I did six years ago we have the right to know what’s ‘in’ the products we buy,” Beatty said, “and TSCA reform is a vital first step. As a mother, I believe corporations and government share in the responsibility to safeguard the healthy development of all Americans, especially for our next generation. As a businessperson, I believe emerging ‘green’ technologies, materials, and green chemistry not only make sense, they will be a key to America’s reinvention and competitive growth. The time for this reform is now.”
The ASBC has been keen to point our the economic benefits of TSCA reform, noting that the act would cut the costs of hazardous waste storage and disposal; improve worker protection, health care costs, and future liabilities; and supports market trends that transform supply chains that result in better businesses.