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Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility    July, 2010 e-News Issue

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Health Care Providers: Show Your Support for Stronger Federal Chemical Regulations

Health Care ProvidersSign on to Greater Boston PSR's letter

For the first time in over 30 years we have the chance to reform our country's chemical safety laws, and by doing so reduce the exposure to commonly used chemicals that have been linked to health problems such as Alzheimer's disease, cancer, diabetes, asthma, and obesity.

Your voice as a health care provider is important right now. Legislation to replace the current 34-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has recently been introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. While the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 (S. 3209) and the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010 (H.R. 5820) are improvements on the ineffective TSCA, your action is urgently needed now to make sure these bills have the support they need to protect the public from harmful chemicals found in everyday products, many of which have never been tested for safety.

We are all exposed to hazardous chemicals in everyday products. They are everywhere in Massachusetts: in our homes, schools, businesses, in our water and air, and in our bodies. PSR, in partnership with the American Nurses Association (ANA) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) reported in the "Hazardous Chemicals In Health Care" report that all of the 20 health professional participants had at least 24 individual toxic chemicals associated with health care in their bodies, four of which are on the Environmental Protection Agency list of priority chemicals for regulation.

Tell Massachusetts' U.S. Senators and Representatives that they have an opportunity to protect the health of all Americans by supporting legislation that will keep harmful chemicals off the market. Please sign on to a special letter from Massachusetts health care providers to our congressional delegation. Thank you.

Safer Chemicals Healthy Families logoGBPSR is an active member of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF) coalition, which is undertaking a nationwide effort to keep harmful chemicals in check and protect public health via reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Our report, Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, was one of the five primary resources cited in SCHF's report, The Health Case for Reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act, which documents some of the scientific findings and economic analysis underlying their position.

Shining a lightFor the past 20 years, GBPSR has been a medical community leader in addressing environmental health, effectively working to educate the medical community, policy makers, and the public about the health consequences of a range of environmental factors. For an indepth look at our project work to limit human exposure to toxic chemicals, please visit the Health and Environment section of our website.



Dr. Richard Clapp's op-ed "Green Energy Policy Should Not Include Nuclear Power" published

In Massachusetts Forum

Long time GBPSR leader Dr. Richard ClappLong time GBPSR leader Dr. Richard Clapp's op-ed, "Green Energy Policy Should Not Include Nuclear Power," which maintains that the climate proposal crafted by Sens. John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman now before Congress is a massive nuclear bailout under the guise of an energy overhaul, has been published in the Massachusetts Forum and in a number of local newspapers in the Greater Boston area (See below).

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Taunton Daily Gazette Taunton, MA Clip
Wicken Local Rehoboth Rehoboth, MA Clip
Malden Evening News Malden, MA Clip
Medford Daily Mercury Malden, MA Clip


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