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Alaska Community Action on Toxics – Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments – As You Sow – Beyond Pesticides – The Breast Cancer Fund – Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!) – Center for Effective Government – Center for Environmental Health – Center for Health, Environment, and Justice – Citizens’ Environmental Coalition – Clean and Healthy New York – Clean Production Action – Commonweal – Electronics TakeBack Coalition – Environmental and Public Health Consulting – Environmental Working Group – Farmworker Association of Florida – Friends of the Earth U.S. – Global Community Monitor – Glynn Environmental Coalition – Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition – Green America – Greenpeace – Healthy Child Healthy World – Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition – Indiana Toxics Action – Just Transition Alliance – Learning Disabilities Association of NYS – Los Jardines Institute – Marine Environmental Research Institute – Mossville Environmental Action Now (MEAN) – New York Lawyers for the Public Interest – Pesticide Action Network of North America – Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles – Product Policy Institute -- SafeMinds – Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (T.E.J.A.S.) – WE ACT for Environmental Justice – West County Toxics Coalition – Women’s Voices for the Earth

June 13, 2013

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Chair

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

112 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

U.S. Senator David Vitter, Ranking Minority Member

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

516 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510


Senate bill 1009 sponsors; The Honorable Senators Lamar Alexander, Mark Begich, John BoozmanSusan M. Collins, Mike Crapo, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Richard Durbin, Tom Harkin, John Hoeven, James M. Inhofe, Mary L. Landrieu, Joe Manchin III, Robert Menendez, Lisa Murkowski, Patty Murray, Marco Rubio, Charles E. Schumer,. Tom Udall, David Vitter

RE: The Chemical Safety Improvement Act (S. 1009) Should Be Strengthened or Sidelined

Dear Senators Boxer and Vitter:

In 1976, Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Since that time, American families have been subjected to harm from that failed law. TSCA prevented the establishment of a safety standard that protects the most vulnerable and the most exposed, neglected to set deadlines for safety assessment of all chemicals and action on the most harmful, disregarded the public’s right to know, and fell short of requiring that chemical manufacturers demonstrate the safety of their chemicals.

For many years, our organizations, and many others, have asked Congress to address these failures, as we have watched rates of disease and disability linked to unregulated chemical exposure steadily rise. Cancers, learning disabilities, infertility, immune disorders, and asthma are all much more common now than when TSCA was enacted. Health, parent, environmental justice, business, worker, community, and science organizations have advanced principles and proposals for the reform of TSCA based on protection of the most vulnerable, the right to know about chemical exposure and chemical hazards, quick action to address the most impacted communities and the most dangerous chemicals, the ability of states to protect their residents, and other critical elements.

Our members, and the general public, trust our organizations to provide guidance about whether any proposed reform will protect them, their families, and their communities from toxic chemicals. We have concluded that, as currently drafted, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA, S. 1009) will not provide even basic protections from harm, and would in fact set back public health policy on chemicals by enshrining a different, but still failed, system into law. Therefore, we must oppose the CSIA as currently drafted.

Attached is a statement articulating a range of concerns about the CSIA, from constituencies and organizations that are committed to working with you and your colleagues to address the critical deficiencies in this bill. We trust that you will read the statement, and encourage you to follow up with the organizations and individuals represented here - joining us and other groups to develop and advance TSCA reform legislation that truly honors the memory of Senator Frank Lautenberg and provides meaningful protections from, and safer solutions to, harmful chemicals.


Pamela K. Miller, Executive Director Alaska Community Action on Toxics

Katie Huffling, RN, MS, CNM, Director of Programs Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

Andrew Behar, CEO, As You Sow

Jay Feldman, Executive Director, Beyond Pesticides

Jeanne Rizzo, RN, President and CEO, The Breast Cancer Fund

Debbie Marchesini, Executive Director,Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB!)

Sean Moulton, Director, Open Government Program, Center for Effective Government

Ansje Miller, Eastern States Director, Center for Environmental Health

Lois Gibbs, Executive Director, Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ)

Barbara Warren, Executive Director, Citizens' Environmental Coalition

Kathleen A. Curtis, LPN, Executive Director, Clean and Healthy New York

Beverley Thorpe, Communications and Advocacy Co-Director, Clean Production Action

Sharyle Patton, Director, Health and Environment Program, Commonweal

Barbara Kyle, National Coordinator, Electronics TakeBack Coalition

Ann Blake, Ph.D., Founder& Principal, Environmental & Public Health Consulting

Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group

Jeannie Economos, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project Coordinator, Farmworker Association of Florida

Lisa Archer, Director, Food and Technology Program, Friends of the Earth U.S.

Denny Larson, Executive Director, Global Community Monitor

Daniel Parshley, Project Manager, Glynn Environmental Coalition

Laura Weinberg, President, Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition

Fran Teplitz, Policy Director, Green America

Rick Hind, Legislative Director, Greenpeace

Gigi Lee Chang, CEO, Healthy Child Healthy World

Karen Joy Miller, President, Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Inc.

Lin Kaatz Chary, PhD, MPH, Executive Director, Indiana Toxics Action

Jose T. Bravo, Executive Director, Just Transition Alliance

Stephen Boese, Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Association of New York State

Richard Moore, Coordinator, Los Jardines Institute

Susan D. Shaw, Dr.PH,President and Founder, Marine Environmental Research Institute

Dorothy Felix, President, Mossville Environmental Action Now (MEAN)

Miranda K. S. Massie, Legal Director, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Kristin S. Schafer, Policy & Communications Director, Pesticide Action Network

Ana Mascareñas, Policy & Communications Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility - Los Angeles (PSR-LA)

Bill Sheehan, Executive Director, Product Policy Institute

Eboni Cochran, REACT, Rubbertown (Louisville) Kentucky

Eric Uram, Executive Director, Safe Minds

Annie Leonard, Story of Stuff Project

Juan Parras, Executive Director, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.)

Cecil Corbin-Mark, Deputy Director, WEACT for Environmental Justice

Dr. Henry Clark, West County Toxics Coalition

Jora Trang, Interim Executive Director and Managing Attorney, Worksafe,Inc.

Erin Switalski, Executive Director, Women’s Voices for the Earth