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State Legislatures’ Endorse Broad Chemical Policy Reform

Jul 28, 2009PHILADELPHIA- National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) President and Maryland Delegate James Hubbard’s chemical policy reform resolution was adopted with unanimous support by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), solidifying the organization’s support of aggressive, progressive changes to the nation’s top toxics law, the Toxic Substances Control Act.

“State legislatures across the country have introduced and enacted bills to regulate chemicals one by one in an attempt to protect public health. Regulating chemicals one-by-one, state-by-state, takes resources and money that we cannot afford,” Hubbard said. “The federal government needs to do a better job ensuring that before chemicals come to market they are proven to be safe.”

The resolution calls on Congress to reform TSCA by including provisions in the law that require chemical companies to bear the burden of proof to show their products are not harmful to human health, act to regulate harmful chemicals first, and promote safer alternatives to toxic chemicals.

The policy also calls for the following reforms:
• ensure broad access to mandatory safety data on all chemicals;
• ensure environmental justice protections;
• protect all people and vulnerable groups, like pregnant women and children, using the best science;
• preserve and protect states’ rights to enact stronger regulations.

The NCSL policy was adopted at its annual Legislative Summit last week in Philadelphia. NCSL uses the policy resolutions to guide lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill on behalf of all state legislatures.

A copy of the new NCSL policy resolution is attached.

Hubbard serves as president of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL), a non-profit, non-partisan network of state legislators who share information on environment and energy policies. NCEL is not affiliated with NCSL.

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