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June 23, 2016
[Washington, DC] – In response to President Obama signing the ’Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act' into law, Judy Robinson, Co-Director of Coming Clean, a collaborative network of over 200 community and environmental health organizations, issued the following statement:
“Although we desperately need to update our nation’s 'Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976' (TSCA) to address public health problems caused by today’s ubiquitous chemical exposures, Congress’s most recent effort falls far short of the protections families and at-risk communities deserve. The Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act does make some important improvements to our current toxic chemical regulations, however, this is a low bar to clear given that our preceding rules failed to ban even the most dangerous substances such as asbestos and dioxin. Today, while the din of self-congratulation still resonates, we ask Congress-members to take stock of the communities still in danger—and the work yet to be done—to ensure that every child grows up free from birth defects or learning disabilities and every adult need not worry about cancer or health problems related to toxic chemical exposures.”