We've been checking in with some recent bills passing through Congress as they make their way to the House of Representitives, but the time to take action is NOW! The markups of the Furthering Asbestos Awareness Transparency (FACT) Act and the TSCA (Toxic Substance Control Act) Modification Act are set to take place tomorrow, May 14th.
The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act seriously threatens asbestos victims' privacy and rights by doing two things:
- It would require private asbestos bankruptcy trusts to disclose asbestos cancer patients' personal information on a publicly searchable database which can be accessed by anyone, including insurers, employers, and even financial scammers trolling for victims.
Exposed information would include the victims' name, work and exposure history, and medical diagnoses.
- The FACT Act will delay compensation for asbestos victims who frequently only have months to live by granting asbestos corporations the right to demand any information from any trust at any time. This will force trusts to focus on meeting unnecessary demands of asbestos corporations instead of providing for victims and their families.
The bill will eventually deny compensation to victims and their families by forcing unnecessary burdens on private asbestos bankruptcy trusts. This will severely deplete trust assets that are already only able to pay pennies on the dollar to Americans poisoned and killed by asbestos corporations.
TSCA Modernization Act
Not only does the TSCA Modernization Act severely limit your ability to hold the makers of dangerous chemicals accountable for their actions in court, several other points make this an alarming markup to an outdated Act:
- The markup is actually considered to be worse than the Toxic Substance Control Act currently in existence. The new markup fails to ensure that chemicals are safe and will not set meaningful deadlines for safety reviews, putting your health at risk.
- The markup limits individual states' ability to protect their citizens by rendering state laws ineffective if they "conflict" with federal regulations. Environmental groups and advocates for public safety view the proposed regulations as weak and failing to protect citizens against dangerous exposures.
Do not hesitate to contact your Congressman or Congresswoman to voice your opposition to these proposed acts that threaten victims' and everyday individuals' access to justice against asbestos companies and large chemical corporations.
Today is the day to make your voice heard.