Great news: Congress is finally going to take a serious crack at reforming the totally outdated and broken system of chemical regulation at the Environmental Protection Agency. After years of hard work by a coalition of environmental health organizations including the Breast Cancer Fund, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D, N.J., introduced legislation that will overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, the 1976 law that governs how the EPA regulates chemicals.
Under TSCA, the Environmental Protection Agency has only been able to require safety testing for 200 of the 80,000 chemicals in use today and has only banned or restricted five of those chemicals. Now, for the first time in decades, Congress is poised to give real teeth to TSCA.
The Breast Cancer Fund will continue to bring the voice and strength of breast cancer activists to this debate to ensure that the EPA gets the tools it needs to truly protect public health, helping to prevent not only breast cancer, but many other diseases as well.