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Dear Marilyn Diamond:
Thank you for writing to express your support for the "Safe Chemicals Act of 2010." I appreciate hearing your thoughts about this legislation, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
I agree that the United States must take a close look at reforming our nation's chemical regulatory system to protect vulnerable populations, especially children, from potentially toxic chemicals.
On April 14, 2011, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the "Safe Chemicals Act of 2011" (S. 847), which would require testing of the safety of all industrial chemicals. Under current policy, the burden of proof lies with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prove that a chemical is unsafe rather than on the chemical company to show that it is safe. This legislation would shift that responsibility to industry by requiring manufacturers and processors to test chemicals and submit data to EPA proving the safety of chemicals in order for them to remain in or enter the marketplace.
You may be interested to know that on January 25, 2011, I introduced the "Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2011" (S. 136), which would ban the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles, sippy cups, infant formula, and baby food containers. BPA is a hormone disrupting chemical and is linked to harmful health effects like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and early puberty. I have become especially concerned with the effects this chemical may have on babies and children, who are most at risk because of their smaller size and stage of development.
Please know that I share your concerns and will keep your thoughts in mind should the "Safe Chemicals Act of 2011" or similar legislation to modernize and strengthen our nation's chemical regulatory system come to a vote in the Senate.
Again, thank you for writing. Should you have further questions or comments, please contact my office in Washington, D.C. at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.
United States Senator
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