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Welcome to PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, where we ask questions -- then we ask the experts to answer them. Join us as physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts share their ideas, inspiration, and analysis about toxic chemicals and environmental health policy.


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Public Health and the Safe Chemicals Act

Posted by Molly Rauch, MPH on January 5, 2012

Healthcare professionals and public health advocates across the country are speaking out about the harmful role that toxic chemicals play in our lives, and the need for a robust regulatory strategy to address them. With a bill under consideration in the Senate (the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011), and 12 Senators already signed on to co-sponsor it, will 2012 be the year of comprehensive chemical policy reform? In this month’s Environmental Health Policy Institute, we present official statements on the need for chemical policy reform from the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Public Health Association. We also hear from a prominent pediatrician, a reproductive health nurse, advocates from the learning and developmental disabilities community, and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, a national coalition working toward commonsense limits on toxic exposures. Together they explain how reforming the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act will improve the health of Americans.


ACPM Statement on Reform of the Federal Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976
American College of Preventive Medicine

The Need for TSCA Reform: The Perspective of the American Public Health Association
Georges C. Benjamin, MD

Creating Jobs with Safer Chemicals
Charlotte Brody, RN

Strong Support for Protecting American Families from Toxic Chemicals
Lindsay Dahl

Expectant Parents and the Safe Chemicals Act
Karin Gunther Russ, MS RN

A Grave Lapse of Stewardship: Why Pediatricians Need TSCA Reform
Philip J. Landrigan, MD MSc

Learning and Developmental Disabilities and the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011
Joyce Martin and Maureen Swanson

Why Nurses Need Chemical Policy Reform
Barbara Sattler, RN DrPH


The views expressed in these essays are those of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Physicians for Social Responsibility.


Diane Williams said ..

We must be forever watchful regarding the use and abuse of chemicals in everyday use, or we will pay the price with our health and lives.

January 7, 2012
Don Hoernschemeyer said ..

I absolutely support the passage of the Safe Chemicals Act - it is desparately needed. My forthecoming book, How to be Healthy in a Toxic World, details the dangers and actions needed.

January 6, 2012
Shawn R. Sargent said ..

I am very happy at the announcement for the Safe Chemical act of 2011. I firmly believe that it is the unregulated chemical that consumers use in our daily lives, directly correlates with the high incidents of cancer rates in this Country.

January 6, 2012

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