Obama administration promises toxic chemical reform
The Obama administration made a major public commitment to reform of the nation's outdated toxics chemicals law. At a historic conference to explore fundamental changes to U.S. chemical policy, hosted by EWG, Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, pledged to work for "comprehensive reform" with "special consideration for exposures and effects on groups with higher vulnerabilities - particularly children." Jackson and EWG leaders met to discuss the administration's strategy on Feb. 23, 2010. EWG president Ken Cook asked a House panel with jurisdiction over toxics policy to give top priority to so-called persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals and other dangerous contaminants detected in infants' cord blood. Cook and other EWG experts testified in support of single chemical bans and broader chemical policy reform legislation in nine states -- California, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Pennsylvania -- plus the District of Columbia.