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- The Final Institute November 20, 2014
- Food and Water Safety September 22, 2014
- Childhood Cancer June 24, 2014
- The Costs of Disease April 18, 2014
- Male Infertility February 26, 2014
- Flame Retardants December 13, 2013
- Risk Assessment and Chemicals November 19, 2013
- Preemption of State Chemical Reform October 18, 2013
- Fracking Revisited August 5, 2013
- Federal Chemical Policy Reform June 28, 2013
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States Take the Lead on Toxics Policy Reform
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public health advocates and concerned citizens across the country have been advocating for an overhaul of the outdated Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) and in support of comprehensive chemical reform.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
States Lead the Action for Toxics Policy Reform
Chemical Policy Reform in Oregon
Susan F. Katz, MD
Greening Toxics Policy in California
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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