Thanks to Mainers across the state, I am hand-delivering 2,100 messages to Senators Collins and King and Representatives Michaud and Pingree in support of safer products.
Yes, I am in D.C. today to tell Congress we shouldn't have to be a chemists to figure out what products are safe for our families. Sadly, with over 80,000 chemicals on the market, and only 200 evaluated by the EPA, we simply don't know whether many chemicals are safe or not.
You can help us demonstrate the urgency for safer products right from the comfort of your home. Share your story about why you want to get toxic chemicals out of everyday consumer products, and we will fax it to our Maine Congressional members today. It's easy, and takes just a minute of your time.
On Facebook? You can follow our adventures today as we meet with each member of the Maine Delegation. Just like our page and you'll see videos and photos as we go through our day.
Why are we in D.C.?
Our nation's chemical safety system is badly broken and every day our children's health is threatened by dangerous chemicals in our products. That's why we've been working with our coalition A Clean and Healthy Maine and partners from across the country to protect our kid's health from toxic chemicals. We are fighting for a long-awaited upgrade to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, which has failed time and time again to protect our families from toxic chemicals linked to cancer, learning disabilities, and reproductive problems.
The good news is that for the first time a new bill, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, has bi-partisan support. But the chemical industry does not want real reform and is fighting critical improvements to this bill. So eight Mainers are joining folks from all over the country today to straighten up this toxic mess.
Who is in our group?
Our coalition's group includes moms, small business owners, and community leaders and two of us are LDA members.
Betty runs a small business called Mainetaine, providing classes on how to clean in a safe, toxic-free way. She is working with LDA to get toxic chemicals out of our homes and is going to ask Senator Collins and Senator King who will they protect, Maine families or the chemical industry?
As LDA's Healthy Children's Project Coordinator, I have the honor of leading this fabulous group of women. As a mom of a 4 year-old with sensory processing challenges, I understand how important safer chemicals are for our kids' health, and will continue this fight till all products on store shelves are safe for our families.
Today Betty and I will deliver our clear and simple message to Congress: Maine families have waited long enough for safer products. Protect our kids by fixing our broken chemical safety law this session.
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Thank you for your support. Together, we are making products safer for our families.
Learning Disabilities Association of Maine
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