Since the “Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S.697) was introduced into Congress last week, senators, health and safety organizations, and the victims of toxic substance exposure have come forward to express opposition to the proposed bill. In addition to voicing their concerns, action is being taken to combat the Act that many feel does not go far enough to keep our country safe.
The Toxic Chemical Protection Act (S.725)
In direct response to senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.)s’ bill, senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) have introduced their own bill to “ensure the substantial reform of the dated Toxic Substances Control Act Bill and protect American citizens from exposure to harmful chemicals, including asbestos.”
If enacted, the Toxic Chemical Protection Act will ban asbestos completely in the United States. The U.S., along with Canada, is one of the last remaining western nations that has yet to ban asbestos use throughout the country, despite the known dangers of the substance.
The Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database (READ) Act (S.700)
Also introduced to Congress last week was the Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database (READ) Act, by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). Senator Durbin says, “The goal of this legislation is simple: increase the transparency and accessibility of data informing the public about where asbestos is known to be present. This information will increase awareness, reduce exposure, and help save lives.”
Today, products containing and contaminated with asbestos are still manufactured, processed, and sold throughout the country. If the Toxic Chemical Protection Act does not succeed in banning asbestos in the United States completely, it is absolutely necessary that consumers, workers, and families are provided with as much information as possible about asbestos-containing products, including how to minimize exposure.
Show your support for these two bills by contacting your members of congress. Do not forget to spread the word to your friends and family, either.
Ban Asbestos. Cure Cancer. Spread Awareness.
Information from the ADAO (Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization)