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5 tips to reduce your risk and protect the planet

When we make protecting Mother Earth from toxic chemicals a priority, we are also prioritizing prevention of breast cancer and numerous other health issues.



Annie Leonard
Annie Leonard

As the writer and host of The Story of Stuff, Annie has inspired millions to work toward a sustainable future.

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Reform the Toxic Substances Control Act

Reform the Toxic Substances Control Act

BREAKING: New toxics bill introduced 3/10/15 would continue to expose the public to chemicals linked to cancer

Our federal system utterly fails to protect the public from toxic chemicals all around us. Under the federal law that manages the safety of chemicals in commerce, or the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has required safety testing for just 200 of the 85,000 chemicals in use today. Only five have been banned or restricted. And, despite enormous advances in our scientific understanding of the connection between chemicals and disease, TSCA has not been updated since 1976.

The Breast Cancer Fund has been at the forefront of the TSCA debate. We have testified before the Senate and the House on the urgent need for chemicals policy reform so that we can make prevention of breast cancer a public health priority. The Breast Cancer Fund is advocating for chemical management reform laws that will finally give the EPA the tools it needs to truly protect public health, helping to prevent not only breast cancer, but many other diseases as well.

We are working for legislation that provides:

  • Quick action on the chemicals we already know are bad for human health and the environment;
  • Basic safety information on ALL chemicals in commerce, with industry bearing the burden of proof to show that chemicals are safe;
  • A health standard that will truly protect the public, including our most vulnerable citizens: our children.

 Proposed Toxics Bills are Gifts to the Chemical Industry
Industry groups and their defenders in Congress have proposed legislation that would gut what little health protections already exist (particularly at the state level), weaken our already very weak federal laws, and jeopardize the ability of future generations to enjoy healthy lives.  Two deeply flawed bills are being considered by Congress including a Senate bill called the Frank. R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S.697) and a House bill called the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA). Read our full statement on the Chemicals in Commerce Act.

We oppose the current TSCA legislation because it fails to protect public health and makes the EPA’s job of regulating the chemical industry even more difficult than current law.

The bill: 

  • Makes it much harder for the EPA to regulate consumer products, even when they contain chemicals known to be unsafe.
  • Makes it harder for the EPA to implement safeguards for quality control, and stop toxic chemicals coming into the country in products made in China and other countries.
  • Does not allow the EPA to take quick action on the worst chemicals, particularly chemicals that persist in the environment and build up in the food chain.
  • Prohibits states from enacting policies that protect the public from chemicals, which the EPA has designated as “high priority.”
  • Prohibits states from enacting and enforcing regulations identical to federal standards, undermining the overall enforcement of the law.

Take Action: Tell Congress to Stop Playing Politics with your Health
Leaders in Congress need to step up and ensure our families aren’t unwilling subjects of a massive chemical experiment gone wrong. Congress must fix the broken laws in this country so that chemicals are proven safe before they are allowed into the market.