(Star Tribune blog)
Posted by: Paul Austin Updated: April 15, 2011 - 2:48 PM
Every day parents have something new to worry about. We shouldn’t need a PhD in chemistry to make safe choices for our families at the checkout counter. Good News....A new law backed by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar puts common sense limits on chemicals and ensures products are safe before they are sold. It's called The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 and I hope the folks in DC can put aside the partisan bickering for 10 minutes to protect all of our health.
Why is this so important? Because our current laws have failed so completely! Of the more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today, only about 200 have ever been tested for safety. Of those, only five have ever been banned. Even asbestos, that we all know is dangerous to our health, was not curtailed despite a 10 year effort under the current rules.
There is no shortage of stories about toxic chemicals, like BPA, phthalates, formaldehyde and lead ending up in the products we use everyday. The Safe Chemicals Act will change that by changing the way we review and regulate chemicals.
The new law takes four common sense steps:
1. Takes fast action to address highest risk chemicals.
2. Ensures safety threshold is met for all chemicals on the market.
3. Creates open access to reliable chemical information.
4. Promotes innovation and development of safer chemical alternatives.
As many of you have realized, I'm not shy about noting when leaders of either party are being silly and ridiculous. Well, it's also important to let them know when they do something right! Please take a moment to thank Senator Klobuchar for working to keep our families healthy.