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Business Group Says Boxer Toxic Chemicals Bill Would Be Improvement;

For Immediate Release: 
March 13, 2015

Vitter-Udall Is Insufficient to Protect Market Innovation and Transparency

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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, DC (March 13, 2015)—Today, the Companies for Safer Chemicals coalition, coordinated by the American Sustainable Business Council, called the toxic chemical reform legislation introduced by Senator Boxer (D-CA) and Senator Markey (D-MA) an improvement over current law. The groups also found the bill, announced earlier this week by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), insufficient to drive innovation for safer alternatives, promote transparency in the supply chain and preserve the rights of states to act if the federal government doesn’t.

“The Vitter-Udall bill as introduced falls short in delivering meaningful reform that benefits downstream businesses and innovative entrepreneurs. The Boxer-Markey bill goes much further. We look forward to working with the Senate to make improvements to the bills that encourage safer alternatives and promote transparency,” said David Levine, President and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council.

“Federal legislation should not tie the hands of states which have shown leadership in protecting their citizens, restricting the worst chemicals and ultimately driving the marketplace towards safer alternatives,” said John Replogle, President and CEO of Seventh Generation.

“Getting the worst chemicals out of commerce should be the highest priority for legislators,” said Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, CEO of Earth Friendly Products. “Meaningful reform should not impose additional roadblocks on the EPA from taking action on chemicals that are widely known to be unsafe.”

“Consumers are demanding cleaner and safer products. Legislation should make transparency of the safety information about ingredients in products readily available and easy to access,” said Barry Cik, Founder of Naturepedic.

The coalition Companies for Safer Chemicals was formed in 2013 to push Congress to modernize the nation’s out-of-date and ineffective chemical safety laws. Strong lobbying by other industry groups had given policymakers the impression that business is monolithic in its support for weak legislation. The Companies for Safer Chemicals coalition favors strong reforms that support the industry’s innovation of safer and cleaner products. It includes such companies as Seventh Generation Patagonia, Stonyfield Farm, Aubrey Organics, Method, Naturepedic, Badger, Annie’s, EILEEN FISHER, Zarbee’s Naturals, Earth Friendly Products, and many more.

The American Sustainable Business Council represents member organizations that span more than 200,000 businesses nationwide, and more than 325,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers and investors. The Council informs policy makers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant and sustainable economy.