Breast Cancer Fund testifies before Congress for second time this summer


One month after our President and CEO Jeanne Rizzo testified before Congress on reforming our chemicals regulatory system, the Breast Cancer Fund has again been asked to represent the public health community before Congress.

On Wednesday, July 31, our Senior Policy Strategist Nancy Buermeyer, will be testifying at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing convened by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. The Committee is considering legislation that could fix the broken chemical management system in this country. The big question is: Will this effort to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act prioritize public health?

The Breast Cancer Fund will testify about the disproportionate impact toxic exposures have on vulnerable populations—including factory workers, pregnant women, children and people living in heavily polluted communities.

Nancy has been working on federal policy for 25 years, and this is her first time testifying before Congress. She feels honored to represent the 3 million women and men survivors of breast cancer, the millions we have lost, and those who she hopes will be spared ever having to get that diagnosis because Congress will act to protect the public from toxic exposures linked to disease.

For more than a decade Nancy has advocated for stronger laws governing synthetic chemicals. She played a leading role in one of the Breast Cancer Fund's biggest victories: a 2008 federal ban on phthalates in children's toys.  She has also successfully advocated for increased federal funding of biomonitoring and health tracking programs.  As a member of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Steering Committee, she works with stakeholders in the environmental, health and business communities to shape comprehensive chemicals policy that protects public health and the environment.

Not only has Nancy successfully advocated for safer chemicals, she has also helped pass laws that protected lesbian and gay federal workers from job discrimination. She repealed the ban on women in combat aviation positions in the U.S. military and helped pass the Federal Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, making it a federal crime to bar women from entering a reproductive health clinic.

On Wednesday, Nancy will speak on behalf of all of us who care deeply about breast cancer to urge Congress to prioritize our concerns over those of the chemical industry.

TAKE ACTION: Add your voice to Nancy's call for safer chemicals:

Watch the hearing, which starts at 9:30 a.m. ET here.


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