Today a coalition of health, environmental and small business groups held a press conference on the urgent need for more protection from toxic chemicals. Their statements helped to frame a U.S. Senate Committee Hearing to be held on Wednesday, focused on the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA).
To listen to the press conference, go to the Louisville Charter website. You can also read the accompanying press release.
As-is, the CSIA does not go far enough to protect our health. Last month KEF Director Elizabeth Crowe had this to say about the CSIA: "Each day, Kentucky families are exposed to harmful chemicals that are linked to cancer, reproductive disorders, obesity, developmental disabilities and other illnesses. And many Kentucky parents, health professionals, justice organizations and others have been speaking out in support of strong policy action to reduce these exposures. Today's announcement represents the willingness of legislators from both sides of the aisle to take action and for that we are grateful; public health protections should not be a partisan issue.
We are concerned that the bill may come up short on protections for communities suffering from higher concentrations of toxic chemicals, and in setting timelines for action on the most persistent, toxic chemicals. However as we learn more about the bill ourselves, KEF will continue working with our partner organizations, health professionals, affected communities, business leaders and legislators to make sure public health protection, environmental justice, safer chemical innovation and other values are top priority."
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