Great news on chemical reform; work still to do

Ethical Markets SRI/ESG News, Sustainability News

Great news! This week the U.S. Senate achieved a landmark decision when the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee passed the Safe Chemicals Act, which provides environmental health protections from toxic chemicals.

This is the first time that there has been a vote on modernizing the nation’s toxic chemical laws since the Toxic Substances and Control Act (TSCA) was enacted in 1976.

The Safe Chemicals Act recognizes the rising public awareness on chemicals exposure and has spurred business innovation, new jobs and profits. It makes a positive impact on all businesses – from investment capital, to R&D, to small business manufacturing, to consumer safety.

This week’s vote was an important action to support businesses’ ability to provide safer products for the American public.

Despite this historic vote, much work still needs to be done.  The legislation now moves to the full U.S. Senate for a vote, which is expected in September or as late as early October.

It is critical that the business voice is prominent in the build-up to the full Senate vote.  ASBC along with our partner coalition will be stepping up our engagement with the business community and creating opportunities for leaders like you to explain to lawmakers and the media why toxic chemical reform is good for business and the overall economy.

Let’s enjoy this week’s victory, but also begin preparing for the next fight.  We’ll be in touch soon to update you on the latest news around the Safe Chemicals Act and how your important voice can be engaged.

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David Levine
CEO and Co-Founder