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New Toxics Resource: Dr. Denison on "The State of TSCA Reform"
Molly Rauch, MPH
January 31, 2011
Last Wednesday more than 60 people joined us for the first
in a series of Confronting Toxics webinars – this one was about the role of the
healthcare professional in federal chemicals policy. We were lucky to have
Richard Denison, PhD,
Senior Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, as well as Lindsay Dahl,
Deputy Director of the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition, as
presenters. This webinar was the first of a three-part series we will be
offering this winter and spring to keep our toxics advocates engaged and
updated on the goings-on in the toxics policy arena.
to all who called in to learn about how to get involved in strengthening our
chemical regulations. The slides from Dr. Denison’s excellent summary, “The
State of TSCA Reform,” are now posted as a resource at psr.org. You can find them here.
me, one of the most interesting things Dr. Denison discussed during the webinar
was the ways in which the chemical industry, which has purported to be
supportive of chemical policy reform, has undermined policy change. He also
detailed the salient differences between the Toxic Substances Control Act – the
major (and majorly outdated) statute regulating chemicals in commerce – and the
policy changes that were proposed last year, but never taken up by the House or
how about this year? We will get a sense of what’s to come this Thursday,
February 3, when the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds
a public hearing on the effectiveness of US chemical safety laws. Hope to
see you there!