“Safer Chemicals Now!”
Thursday, May 6, 2010
11:00am – 10:00pm
Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church, 1101 West Woodlawn Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78201
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.