June 22nd will mark 3 years since the historic passage of the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act that overhauled the badly broken Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Unfortunately, we are not celebrating this anniversary. In fact, we’re sad to report that the implementation of this landmark law has gone south under the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Trump’s EPA has reversed, or indefinitely postponed chemical bans, rubber-stamped new chemicals, purged science advisory panels, and continue to undermine TSCA.
The balance of the EPA is so heavily skewed towards industry, and away from protecting health that our landmark chemical policy is at risk and moving backwards.
Here are 5 ways Trump’s EPA is endangering children:
- Delaying or weakening proposed bans of 3 toxic chemicals
- Issuing illegal rules for TSCA
- Reversing course on new chemicals
- Ignoring key exposures when evaluating risks of existing chemicals
- Stacking the agency with industry cronies
Parents should be able to trust that their government is protecting them from chemical risks in our homes and communities. Without protection, our children and grandchildren, who are already paying the price of this travesty, will continue to be at risk for decades to come. We can continue to work on electing politicians who will stand up for science and prioritize our well-being over corporate profits. It’s our hope that, at some point soon, EPA will be able to resume pursuing its mission, restore integrity to TSCA implementation, and work to revive the chemicals policies that protect our families. That will be something American families can celebrate.
- 7 ways Trump’s EPA is breaking our bipartisan chemical safety law
- New Report: Toxic Consequences – Trump’s Attacks on Chemical Safety Put Our Health at Risk
- The Trump EPA is setting back chemicals policies by decades