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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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States Take the Lead on Toxics Policy Reform

Posted by Marybeth Dunn

For years health care professionals, public health advocates and concerned citizens across the country have been advocating for an overhaul of the outdated Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) and in support of comprehensive chemical reform. Just this month, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 was introduced. Similar to legislation introduced in previous years, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 would go a long way toward protecting Americans from unsafe chemicals linked to reproductive and developmental disorders, cancers and other illnesses.

However, it remains to be seen whether the legislation will pass this year or die in committee as in past years. Fortunately, states are taking up the mantle and working to pass chemicals management policies of their own.  In this month’s Environmental Health Policy Institute, we highlight some of the advances in toxics policy reform at the state level and how state legislation can influence national reform.


Fighting Toxic Exposure in Florida: Education and Action
Cara Capp

States Lead the Action for Toxics Policy Reform
Barbara Gottlieb

Chemical Policy Reform in Oregon
Susan F. Katz, MD

Greening Toxics Policy in California
Ana Mascareñas

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


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