Wednesday, July 20, 2011

National (USA) Call Your Senator Day

Does Your Senator Know Where You Stand on Chemical Safety Reform? 

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On Wednesday, July 20, 2011, people across the country will join forces for a National Call in Day to show that chemical safety reform is a priority to the American public. You can contribute by asking your Senators for their help in ensuring that chemicals on the market today and in the future are safe for every American citizen and family. Tell your Senators you want them to support the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. We know you’re passionate about this issue, and now your Senators need to hear from you.
Over the past 35 years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been able to require testing of only around 300 of the tens of thousands of chemicals in use today. The major U.S. law monitoring toxic chemicals — the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) — is woefully out of date and too weak to ensure health and environmental protection from toxic chemicals. By the time TSCA was passed in the 70’s, it was merely a watered down version of the original plan intended to ensure chemicals were safe with respect to our health and the environment.

Please call your Senators on Wednesday July, 20! If you don't know your Senators' numbers, call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and they will connect you.

Here is an example of what you can say to the Senator's staffer when they take your call:

"Hi my name is _______ and I am a (insert something like mom, dad, aunt, nurse, doctor etc). I am really concerned about toxic chemicals in consumer products and their impact on my family’s health. I’m calling Senator ___________ to ask him/her to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. American families deserve to be protected from toxic chemicals in our homes, workplaces and communities.”

For more information about the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 and TSCA go here.

For more information on Not a Guinea Pig and the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition visit here.

Thank you for taking 3 minutes out of your day to make these important calls and for staying involved on this issue.