Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and David Vitter, R-La., have introduced a bill that is the chemical industry's dream.
Their proposed "reform" is to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, which has proven an ineffective law as it stands. This so-called reform will further weaken guarantees to protect our air, water, food and health for present and future generations. Udall has claimed that the bill makes "big progress" in safety standards protecting vulnerable populations including pregnant woman, infants, children, and workers, but the devil is in the details.
Federal law could preempt dozens of stronger California laws and regulations
Cal Dooley, our previous Valley congressman, who now heads the chemical industry's leading trade association, openly boasted to The New York Times that this terrible bill would have 70 votes by the time it was introduced -- more than enough to pass the Senate.
Let us hope that citizens' voices for the common good and stewardship of the only planet we have can be heard over the influence of corporate lobbyists who pull the strings of Washington lawmakers to do their bidding.
What can you do? Specifically call Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi to express your alarm. Become informed; inform others.