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Jennifer Beals Leads the Way to Safer Chemicals But We Need YOU Too

Posted Nov 01 2013 12:00am
Actor Jennifer Beals Leads the Way for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

We Made Our Voices Heard for Safer Chemicals...Are YOU With Us? 

I am totally exhausted from my trip to DC to demand safer chemicals. Exhaustion is means you gave your all. I joined over 200 other moms, dads, nurses, doctors, business owners and concerned citizens who convened on the Capitol and I know they are exhausted too. We flew in from all over the United States to insure that current legislation to replace the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TCSA) laws written 37 years ago for safer chemicals is written in a meaningful way that will protect us all...and we need YOU too!

Can I Shake Your Hand Senator Nelson? 

My trip started with a bang as I noticed Senator Nelson was on the plane with me sitting in first class. As I walked through the first class cabin, I leaned across the man in the aisle seat and held out my hand as I introduced myself, told him I would be lobbying his office tomorrow for Safer Chemicals and thanked him for his support. He was gracious, albeit surprised, as he put down his paper and said that he was happy to lend his support. 

I also me with Senator Rubio's staff as well as Representative Castor and they were all on board with the new legislation. We just have some more work to do to insure that the problems in the bill are fixed in order to insure a law that is not even worse than the current TCSA law. 

To Win Our Support, Any Bill Will Have To:
  • Protect pregnant women, children and vulnerable communities. 
  • Remove the red tape on EPA that prevents them from regulating notoriously bad actor chemicals.
  • Allow states to pass their own laws on toxic chemicals. 
  • Move the market towards safer chemicals
Our children need protection from toxic chemicals! #StrollerBrigade @SaferChemicals
— Shane Shirley-Smith (@EnviroBooty) October 29, 2013

As currently written , the new bill does NOT meet these four criteria. But don't worry, we will work to make sure that it will...but we need your help.

For an outstanding recap of the event, more pictures, videos and links to how you can take action, please check out SCHF Deputy Director, Lindsay Dahl's, post HERE .
P.S.- People always ask me where I get my organic food and personal care products and I love to tell them about The Green PolkaDot Box ! Backed by the Organic Consumer's Association and, you can easily buy NonGMO organic groceries, including Harvest Fresh Organic produce, at wholesale pricing online.  It's like a Sam's club but focused on products for green, healthy living! You can even shop by dietary restrictions like gluten free, vegan or diabetic and it all comes right to your front door. Enjoy!

Image Source: Huffington Post Michelle Martin 
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