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Safe Chemicals Act ~ Senator Bill Nelson

     Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 847, the Safe Chemicals Act.

           This legislation would require the safety testing of all industrial chemicals.  Under current policy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can only call for safety testing of a chemical after evidence demonstrates it is dangerous.  The legislation also would require manufacturers to submit information proving the safety of every chemical during production and before entering the market.

As our understanding of the dangers of exposure to chemicals has grown, the EPA’s ability to properly regulate chemicals under the Toxic Substance Chemical Act has come into question.  As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, the safety of consumer products, especially those intended for children, is one of my top priorities. I am dedicated to ensuring that our families and our communities are protected from harmful chemicals and toxins. That is why today I continue to fight to protect the public from exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins, whether from Superfund sites, arsenic in the water, lead in toys, or toxic Chinese drywall.

           The Safe Chemicals Act is pending before the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. I will be sure to keep your views in mind if it reaches the Senate floor. Please feel free to contact me in the future regarding any other issue of concern.


Senator Bill Nelson

P.S. From time to time, I compile electronic news briefs highlighting key issues and hot topics of particular importance to Floridians.  If you’d like to receive these e-briefs, visit my Web site and sign up for them at http://billnelson.senate.gov/news/ebriefs.cfm

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