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AAP Commends Senators Lautenberg and Vitter for Advancing Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Children from Harmful Chemical Exposures

5/22/2013  

The AAP has not endorsed S. 1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act. For a clarification of AAP's position, see this letter sent to Sen. Vitter on 6/14/13.

Washington, DC—The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) commends U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and David Vitter (R-La.) for introducing a bipartisan bill that would reform chemical management policy in the United States. 

“Our current federal chemical management policy has been ineffective for far too long and falls short for children,” said Dr. McInerny. “The Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 is a welcome and needed step toward protecting children and their families from harmful chemicals.”
 
The Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 would strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by improving screening and safety evaluations for chemicals used in the United States. TSCA, the federal law that currently governs chemical production and use in the United States, has not been updated since it was passed in 1976.
 
Specifically, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) new tools to protect children and families from toxic chemicals, including by:
•    Requiring chemical manufacturers to screen new chemicals for safety before they enter the market
•    Giving the EPA more authority to limit or ban harmful chemicals
•    Requiring safety evaluations for chemicals that are already in use
•    Ensuring EPA can protect children and other vulnerable populations from harmful chemical exposures
 
“Pediatricians commend Senators Lautenberg and Vitter for developing a bipartisan compromise with the potential for promoting innovation and protecting children’s health,” said Dr. McInerny. “AAP looks forward to working with Senate leaders to make sure that as chemical management policy reform advances, children’s needs remain at the forefront.”
 
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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. (www.aap.org)