Cancer is a complex group of diseases with its causes falling into two main groups. In one group are external or environmental factors, accounting for more than 90% of all cancer cases. The other group includes hereditary or genetic factors which are responsible for the remainder. Cancer can usually be traced to DNA mutations that affect cell growth and metastasis. Substances and chemicals that cause DNA mutations are known as mutagens. Mutagens that cause cancers are known as carcinogens. It is known that children have a much lower tolerance to carcinogens than do adults. Children exposed to x-rays in the womb are about 40% more likely to get leukemia. It is believed that many chemicals including garden pesticides, household cleaners, fireproofing materials, paints and automotive chemicals are carcinogens as well. Doctors warn that the incidence of cancer in American children has been increasing about 1% each year for the past 20 years. During this time, childrenâ€™s exposure to toxic chemicals has also intensified. Doctors say that we now know a lot more about the causes of childhood cancer than we did when the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act was passed. They say one reason for the increase in childhood cancer is their exposure to new chemicals which cause damage, or mutations, at the cellular level. They claim new chemicals should be screened before children are exposed to them. They also point out that the Toxic Control Act has not been updated in nearly 40 years.
S.696 – Safe Chemicals Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current child chemical exposure policy and wish to defeat S.696
I support amending the Toxic Substances Control Act to state that it is the policy of the United States to protect the health of children, workers, consumers, the public and the environment from harmful exposures to chemical substances; promote the use of safer alternatives and other actions that reduce the use of and exposure to hazardous chemical substances and reward innovation toward safer chemicals, processes, and products; require that chemicals in commerce meet a risk-based safety standard that protects vulnerable and affected populations and the environment; require companies to provide sufficient health and environmental information for the chemical substances that the companies manufacture, process, or import as a condition of allowing those companies to distribute chemical substances in commerce; improve the quality of information on chemical safety and use; guaranteeing the right of the public and workers to know about the hazards and uses of chemical substances that they may be exposed to by maximizing public access to information on chemical safety and use; and strengthen cooperation among the federal, state, municipal, tribal, and foreign governments, and wish to pass S.696