Poison Law Thursday


To the applause of the chemical industry lobby, Congress is sending a new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) bill to President Obama. Anyone familiar with this law knows that it is the weakest of all U.S. environmental statutes, leaving the majority of the 85,000 chemicals in our toys, clothes, homes, schools, and workplaces unregulated and untested for their health effects.

And if Congress and the chemical lobby have their way, none of that will change.

Because TSCA hasn’t empowered the EPA to act for the last 40 years, 38 states began regulating dangerous chemicals, including BPA, formaldehyde, lead, mercury and toxic flame retardants. In many cases, these state rules have benefited people across the country, especially when national firms removed dangerous chemicals from their products.

But instead of nationalizing that trend, Congress is ignoring environmental, public health, worker safety, and environmental justice leaders who have championed chemical policy reform for decades. Instead, they chose to listen to the chemical lobbyists from Dow, DuPont, Exxon and their trade associations, like the American Chemistry Council (ACC).



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14 Responses to Poison Law Thursday

  1. º¿carol says:

    “Forgot to mention saying hello to neighbor Tom Brigham, whom I haven’t seen for years. His son Jeremy was close to my youngest son, Kjell, and they still keep in touch.”

    You never mention kids, thought you had some though. How in the heck do you pronounce your son’s name? Does he live nearby? You never mention family visiting you so I figured kid(s) probably live far away.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Pronounced chell, more or less.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Brandi Way loop again in 59 minutes on this cloudy, breezy and cool day. The hawks could climb high today, looking for a meal. Like yesterday a spectacular display of wildflowers in lavender and white, electric blue and white, orange with now some yellow ones of the same species, pinks and shades of red but also more subdued yellow…

      Day 5: 208+59=267 minutes and not done in.


  2. º¿carol says:

    You all know I have two kids, Pete & Jill. We all know Micki has two daughters. Den has a son, and maybe a daughter? Jim is kid-less. As for Doc? Doc is a mystery man.


  3. Den says:

    Put a fork in it we’re done. More evidence of the corporate stranglehold being put on every single person, not of corporate origin, of course in the zeal to place this piece of trash into law the corporates will bear the brunt of this slease-ball plan.

    No one escapes the chemical invasion, not even the rich.


  4. Den says:

    MRI today, 100 degree traffic on my bike made the trip excruciating, my car would have been worse. Global climate change is apparent with the Heat here and the flooding in TX, thanks money grubbers.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Nuevo Vallarta for tacos de pescado y Negra Modelo.


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