More than 99 percent of these chemicals have NEVER been tested for safety. In other words, the chemical industry is using YOU and your loved ones as test subjects--without disclosing the danger to you.
Scientific research has established links between the chemicals to which we are exposed on a daily basis and increasing rates of leukemia, brain and breast cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, asthma, autism and birth defects.
The Environmental Protection Agency cannot require companies to test chemicals. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has no authority. TSCA does not contain any proactive action to determine health hazards posed by plastics. In addition, the burden of proof is set so high that the government has only banned one group of chemicals entirely – PCBs.
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has launched the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition. Read below of the planned actions of this coalition.
- Our team of scientists has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress on issues concerning toxic chemicals.
- We are working with a broad coalition of concerned people and organizations that run the gamut from health advocates to faith based groups to parents and teachers to make sure the broadest possible swath of Americans are represented.
- We are mapping out an ambitious public education and organizing campaign, including Internet organizing, hard-hitting TV spots and other measures.
- We are working with Congressional allies to develop stronger standards and give EPA the power to restrict known human carcinogens and other harmful substances to which Americans are already being exposed.
Imagine a world where there are more healthy babies, fewer women with breast cancer, a return to normal fertility patterns and lower numbers of people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other chronic auto-immune diseases.
Take Action: Give whatever you can afford to the EDF today. If you do not have funds to donate, spread the word. Let us stop poisoning ourselves and our children.
For a better, healther world.