150 Individuals and Organizations Join the Campaign for Chemical Safety Reform
The Coalition for Chemical Safety, Washington, a nationwide organization dedicated to supporting comprehensive reform of U.S. chemical safety law, announced its membership surpassed the 150-member mark with individuals and organizations from across the country signing up to support its efforts.
Coalition for Chemical Safety executive director Joe Householder commented, "Although chemical safety reform is not getting the attention we think it deserves, the fact that 150 organizations—ranging from a small computer maintenance company in Helena, Montana to the Illinois State Council of Operating Engineers—proves that it is an issue that deeply concerns many Americans."
Householder continued, "The Coalition and its growing roster of members believe it is time for a comprehensive rewrite of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in such a way that we protect public safety, promote industry innovation and preserve the tens of thousands of American jobs provided directly or indirectly by the chemical industry."
In the near future the Coalition expects New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg to step forward with a new draft of his Kid Safe Chemicals Act. According to Householder, "We hope that the filing of that bill stimulates the rest of Congress to engage on the larger issue of overall TSCA reform."
Matt Cavanaugh, owner of member company Five Valleys Restoration and Cleaning in Missoula, Mont. commented, "Thousands of Montana small businesses use some sort of chemicals every day. They wouldn't be in business if they didn't know those products were safe, consistent in their makeup, and had relatively stable prices.” Cavanaugh continued, “The goal of chemical safety reform is to ensure that we maximize our ability to protect health and the environment, and to maintain the consistency that business depends on."
"The Virginia State Police Association (VSPA) joined the Virginia Coalition for Chemical Safety to help ensure that our troopers have access to the very best safety equipment available," said Wayne Huggins, executive director for the VSPA. "This life-saving equipment depends heavily on advanced chemical engineering. We must work together to ensure that our chemical safety laws protect the public health and promote the sorts of innovation that will yield the next generation of safety equipment," concluded Huggins.