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Biz 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 people."

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 jobs."

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.

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