Below is a note that my friend Greg T. sent to all his friends after attending the presentation by Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group last night. Thanks Greg, not just for the great write-up, but for taking action!! And thanks to my friend Marie M. for organizing the event and to all the other co-hosts that made the event a huge success (over 300 people attended!)
There is also a great post on More Green Mom's.
The Kid Safe Chemicals Act (KSCA), if passed, will overhaul the incredibly weak Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976.
Please call or write your senator or representative ASAP, and urge them to vote for the KSCA.
I saw a one hour version of this presentation tonight by Ken Cook. The video is 20 minutes. It is a must see, for all who care about our children, ourselves and the future of the human race. Link to Video.
Here is a link to a newspaper article that summarizes the presentation that Ken has been giving all over the country since 2005.
There are now over 80,000 toxic chemicals in products that are strongly implicated in statistics such as:
- 40% increase in childhood brain cancer in the past 20 years
- 62% increase in childhood leukemia in past 20 years
- Skyrocketing rates of infertility in women under 25
- 1 in 150 children with autism, and NO cases of severe autism in adults, because the chemicals causing autism are new
- 3.6% of children with asthma in 1980 and 9.8% of children with asthma in 2000
- Huge increases in breast cancer, prostate cancer, birth defects, ADHD and on and on
In order to get a new drug approved (through FDA), it takes many years, animal studies, human studies, and many millions of dollars to prove the drug is safe and efficacious. Even then, all drugs have side effects and some drugs are eventually taken off the market because of hazards that went undetected in 10 years and 10s or 100s of millions of dollars of testing. In striking contrast, for new chemicals to be sold, there are no health and safety studies required and virtually no disclosures necessary for the chemical to be put on the market. The entire approval process for a new chemical (through EPA) takes about 3 weeks. A total of only 5 chemicals of the 80,000 have been severely restricted or banned using the law in the past 33 years. Amazingly, the law was too weak to get asbestos removed from the market when the first President Bush attempted to do so.
Please call or write your congressional and senate representatives and urge them to pass the Kid Safe Chemicals Act. And sign the Declaration. We can and must create a tidal wave of support for KSCA, to reverse the horrific wave of human damage caused by unregulated chemicals.