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Creating Jobs with Safer Chemicals
January 5, 2012
When we inventory the many
reasons that the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is in desperate need of
reform, high on the list is the problem of thousands of untested chemicals. But
as Mike Wright of the Steelworkers Union (USW) -- the union that represents
most organized chemical workers -- has pointed out, chemicals are actually
being tested now. But the testing is going on as an uncontrolled experiment
with American workers as the primary guinea pigs and their families and
neighbors as the second set of unknowing and unwilling test subjects.
Too much of what we now know
about the chemicals that can cause cancer or reproductive damage we know
because the harm that was caused to workers and their families was too damaging
and too obvious to ignore. A national chemicals policy that depends on
thousands of workers and other Americans getting sick is beyond barbarous.
TSCA reform must change that.
And it can make that change in a way that staunches the bleeding of American
chemical industry jobs that has cost our communities over 300,000 jobs since
1992. TSCA reform can create the opportunity for innovation that can lead to
tens of thousands of new good, green jobs for American workers and healthier
and safer communities for our children.