Evaluating Chemicals for Carcinogenicity Good for Business

For Immediate Release: 
April 24, 2012

American Sustainable Business Council Defends NIEHS Report on Cancer & Calls Science the Bedrock for Business Innovation

(Washington) On Wednesday, 10am, in 2318 Rayburn, the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology, Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight, and Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare & Technology are holding a hearing called: How the Report on Carcinogens Uses Science to Meet its Statutory Obligations, and its Impact on Small Business Jobs.

“This hearing appears to have been called to undermine the role of science as somehow bad for U.S. businesses,” comments David Levine, CEO and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), “Instead, Congress should be bolstering the government’s science programs. Businesses need the best work that scientists can provide to guide a marketplace where both businesses throughout its supply chain, and also consumers, can trust that the chemicals and products are as safe as can be. There’s an obligation for government to help use the best science to restore trust in our products and help us grow our businesses and our economy.

The National Institutes of Environmental Health Science’s (NIEHS) Report on Cancer (ROC) may be the reason the House is holding this Hearing. The ROC determines chemicals that are carcinogenic. Dr. Linda Birnbaum, NIEHS director, has been summoned to defend the ROC program.

“Contrary to harming small business, the consumer drive away from potentially harmful chemical products has been a growth driver to new technology and manufacturing jobs. In fact, this trend has emboldened existing incumbent chemical companies to become strategic partners, innovation leaders, and infrastructure support. They see renewable chemical technology and bioproduct businesses for what they are – a route to a lower cost product, with multiple stakeholder benefits," adds Ally Latourelle, Esq. is vice president for Government Affairs for Bioamber, Inc. which produces sustainable substitutions for many chemicals, and a witness for tomorrow’s hearing,

“NIEHS (ROC) 2011 findings didn’t land into a void, but rather into a marketplace with an ever increasing awareness of human health risks associated with chemicals in products and of the need for responsible chemistry,” notes Howard Williams, LEED AP ID +C, Construction Specialties, Inc. “The Report on Carcinogens explains the science and summarizes the information. Not all businesses find fault with the report, many of us rely on it.”


The American Sustainable Business Council and its member organizations represent more than 100,000 businesses nationwide, and more than 300,000 entrepreneurs, executives, managers, and investors. The council includes chambers of commerce, trade associations, and groups representing small business, investors, microenterprise, social enterprise, green and sustainable business, local living economy, and women and minority business leaders.  ASBC informs and engages policy makers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant and sustainable economy.  www.asbcouncil.org


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