SAN ANTO: “Safer Chemicals Now!” – Thurs May 6

“Safer Chemicals Now!”

Date:
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Time:
11:00am – 10:00pm
Location:
Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church, 1101 West Woodlawn Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78201

Description

On Thursday May 6 at 11:00AM at Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church, 1101 West Woodlawn Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78201 show your support for stronger protection from toxic chemicals in consumer products as a bill, called the Toxic Chemical Safety Act. Attend a rally around the 25-foot rubber duck with a giant sign for all attendees to see which says: “Safer Chemicals Now!” The rubber duck has become a symbol representing thousands of products, including those that babies commonly put into their mouths, made from the toxic chemicals such as phthalates.

All too often low income and minority communities live next to the manufacturing and chemical plants. Strong reform of federal law will not only help make the indoor quality of our homes safer, but will decrease the additional exposures our communities face.

Join the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition of parents, health professionals, advocates for learning and developmental disabilities, reproductive health advocates, environmentalists and businesses from across the nation who are responding to a broken federal system for regulating toxic chemicals. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), passed in 1976, was intended to test and regulate chemicals before they end up in consumer products and building materials. Of the 62,000 chemicals on the market at the time this law passed in 1976, the EPA has only required testing on about 200, and it has only regulated five. As scientific studies linking common chemicals to various diseases have increased in recent years, several state governments and major trading partners like the EU and Canada have changed their own chemical laws.

One Response to “SAN ANTO: “Safer Chemicals Now!” – Thurs May 6”

  1. Making industrial chemicals safer is something we can all get behind. However, if we want safer chemicals and a safer environment then we must use nonanimal methods of testing.

    Currently, many toxicity tests are based on experiments in animals and use methods that were developed as long ago as the 1930’s; they and are slow, inaccurate, open to uncertainty and manipulation, and do not adequately protect human health. These tests take anywhere from months to years, and tens of thousands to millions of dollars to perform. More importantly, the current testing paradigm has a poor record in predicting effects in humans and an even poorer record in leading to actual regulation of dangerous chemicals.

    The blueprint for the development and implementation of nonanimal testing is the National Academy of Sciences report, “Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy in 2007.” This report calls for a shift away from the use of animals in toxicity testing. The report also concludes that human cell- and computer-based approaches are the best way to protect human health because they allow us to understand more quickly and accurately the varied effects that chemicals can have on different groups of people. They are also more affordable and more humane.

    These methods are ideal for assessing the real world scenarios such as mixtures of chemicals, which have proven problematic using animal-based test methods. And, they’re the only way we can assess all chemicals on the market.

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