A group of leading consumer brands and business organizations, led by ASBC and Seventh Generation, announced the creation of a coalition to ensure Congress modernizes the nation’s out-of-date chemical laws, and to counter the narrative that businesses desire a weak reform bill. Founding members of the Companies For Safer Chemicals coalition include Patagonia, Stonyfield Farm, Method, Naturepedic, and Annie’s, among others.
The coalition members have called for an update of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has not been updated since it was passed in 1976. More specifically, they are asking for comprehensive chemical safety reform that would give the public access to information on specific chemicals, allow states to set stronger standards if they wish, and provide the EPA authority to take fast action on the chemicals deemed most hazardous.
The Senate has introduced the Chemical Safety Improvement Act; the House is expected to draft its own legislation.
Interested businesses and business organizations can sign here.