On Tuesday, October 29th, four representatives from KEF converged on Washington, DC, as part of the Stroller Brigade for Safer Chemicals at the U.S. Capitol. There, along with a hundred-plus crowd of mothers, health professionals and policy advocates from across the country, they participated in a rally before moving on to meet with members of Kentucky's congressional delegation.
KEF Community Educators Beth Ruggles of Lexington and Dr. Monica Unseld of Louisville carried the message of toxic chemical reform to Kentucky's legislators. "As a mother, I know how challenging it is to find products that are free of toxic chemicals," Ruggles said. "It's time that Washington gets back to business and passes strong laws on this issue."
Written by KEF Board Member Monica Unseld to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Find the original letter to the editor here.
In today's world, we spend so much time lobbying and criticizing our politicians for what we would like them to do that we often neglect to praise them for a job well done. I would like to publicly thank Reps. Mary Lou Marzian, Ruth Ann Palumbo, Joni L. Jenkins, Tom Riner and Susan Westrom for cosponsoring House Bill 287 and fighting for the health of Kentucky's families.
Had it passed, HB 287 would have helped to protect Kentuckians from the toxic chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, which is found in canned foods, beverage containers and even thermal receipt paper. BPA has been linked to numerous forms of cancer, reproductive issues, obesity, developmental disabilities and heart disease, all of which have impacted the lives of Kentucky families in some way.
HB 287 proposed to ban the manufacturing, sale and distribution of any reusable food container made with the toxic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), including infant food or baby formula storage containers. Instead of BPA, manufacturers would have been required to use a non-toxic alternative.
I hope that this vital piece of legislation will gain more traction next semester and withstand the assault of opponents that are tied to the powerful chemical industry lobby. But in the meantime, I salute Marzian, Palumbo, Jenkins, Riner and Westrom for standing for Kentucky families.
MONICA UNSELD, PH.D.
Kentucky Environmental Foundation Board Member
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