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EWG Launches Interactive News and Commentary Site on Toxic Chemicals Policy Reform

For Immediate Release: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Environmental Working Group (EWG) today launched an interactive online site featuring news and commentary, as well as a forum for a thought-provoking exchange of ideas on reforming the nation’s federal toxic chemicals policies. http://www.ewg.org/kid-safe-chemicals-act-blog

The site will feature analysis and opinion by scientists, lawmakers, industry officials, community activists, policy specialists, journalists and others interested in environmental health issues. A major focus will be the emerging debate over reform of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) are expected to introduce comprehensive reform legislation known as the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act (Kid-Safe) in Congress later this year. Anticipating that action, EWG hopes to stimulate insightful conversation about that bill and other legislative proposals dealing with chemicals policy reform.

“Whether you’re a supporter of Kid-Safe, believe in a different approach or feel there is no need at all for reform, we hope individuals, organizations and affected industries will join Environmental Working Group in a thoughtful exploration of this vital public health issue,” said EWG’s Senior VP for Policy and Communications, Richard Wiles.

“Every day, consumers rely on household products that contain hundreds of unregulated chemicals. We already have tough regulations for pesticides and pharmaceuticals—it’s common sense that we also have tough regulations for chemicals that end up in our homes,” Senator Frank R. Lautenberg said. “Passing the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act would be a significant step forward for safety, and the ideas and support of those who share our concerns is critical to achieve that goal.”

“The House has begun the legislative process to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976,” said U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush, chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. “There is well-documented evidence that, in recent years, the federal government has abandoned its duty to oversee TSCA’s enforcement. My intention, in this session of Congress, is to reverse this neglect and strengthen this important law in a way that puts the needs of consumers and the environment first. I welcome the support of the Environmental Working Group and other groups and individuals of good will as we engage in this important undertaking.”

The site will also feature guest commentary, a blogroll linking to other important websites and news from regulatory agencies, premier research institutions and Washington-based and grassroots organizations interested in issues related to environmental health and toxic chemicals in the environment.

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EWG is a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment. http://www.ewg.org

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