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ANA Capitol Update: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition Meets with EPA Administrators
September 10, 2009, 9:50 am
Filed under: News

The ANA recently represented the interests/role of nurses as workplace and health advocates at a special Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition (SCHF) meeting with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the need for U.S. chemicals policy reform and to demonstrate the breadth of the groundbreaking and growing coalition of diverse groups united by concerns about toxic chemicals in our homes, workplaces, and everyday products. SCHF, among other points, urged phasing out the most toxic chemicals, expanding the protection of vulnerable populations, and holding chemical manufacturers responsible for demonstrating the safety of their products.  Administrator Jackson indicated that the time for action is now, affirming that 33 years after passage of the current chemicals policy, the Toxic Substances Control Act, the U.S. does not adequately assess and manage chemical risks in consumer products, the workplace, and the environment. 

Subsequently, ANA and other select members of SCHF met for a similar discussion with the newly appointed Assistant Administrator for the EPA Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances. Administrator Steven Owens engaged in a dynamic discussion demonstrating awareness and comprehension of the issue while echoing Administrator Jackson’s support.  Owens also recognized the value of SCHF input and indicated interest in future discussions as reform efforts progress. 

 Rebecca Clouse MS, RN

http://saferchemicals.org/

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