Group Christmas Wish: More Regulation?
December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON - Some of the country's biggest
brand names are calling on Congress to get tough on chemical safety laws. Stonyfield Farm, Method, Patagonia, Eileen Fisher and others today unveiled the
Companies for Safer Chemicals coalition.
Seventh Generation is one of the founding members, and its CEO, John Replogle,
says chemical policy reform legislation is needed now, and Congress needs to
hear that businesses do not support weak regulation.
"It's not often you hear the voice of business calling for greater
regulation," he says. "But we feel it is an imperative to safeguard
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) went on the books in 1976, and since
then, thousands of new chemicals have become part of everyday consumer products
- and they have not been safety-tested.
David Levin, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council, says meaningful
reform will help get a variety of safer and cleaner products to market more
quickly - and that's what consumers want.
"We need to invest in innovation, in green chemistry, on safer
alternatives," he says. "That will grow business. That will grow
The Chemical Safety Act introduced in the U.S. Senate would update the 1976
law. The U.S. House is expected to draft its own legislation, and the coalition
is urging scientifically based principles.
Read their declaration at ASBCouncil.org.