All is not clean with the chemistry industry. And its corporate members may soon be held to account.
The letter sent to American Chemical Council’s Cal Dooley, asked the ACC to take immediate action to address the behaviors of its member companies by expelling the members from their council or accounting for the member company’s actions.
Last month’s four-part investigative series by the Chicago Tribune on flame retardant chemicals revealed the deceptive testimony of paid witnesses by the purportedly grassroots community group “Citizens for Fire Safety” in its advertisements and mailers.
The letter from state legislators builds on the growing concern with the chemical industry’s lobbying tactics and distortion of science.
Scientific research has linked exposure to retardant chemicals to:
- lowered IQ
- learning disabilities
- other reproductive problems
- endocrine system irregularities
“It’s hard to believe that we have levels of flame retardant chemicals measured in pounds – similar to banned pesticides like DDT in our furniture that end up in our bodies, our pets, and wildlife. The only benefits are to the bottom line profits of the chemical producers,” said Arlene Blum, a chemist at UC Berkeley and Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute.
“I am glad to see ‘Citizens for Fire Safety’ exposed as the ugly sham they truly are,” said Senator Sharon Nelson, Chair of the Senate Environment Committee in Washington state and sponsor of the Toxic Free Kids Act. “I am hopeful this will help raise awareness for real citizens about the dangers of these chemicals and help us get off the toxic treadmill once and for all.”
Due to a weak federal regulatory system for chemicals, state legislators continue to introduce legislation to address toxic chemicals. Legislators from the following states signed the letter: California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
Nice to see that politicians are taking a positive stand on this issue, rather than hiding behind closed doors.
The full letter to Dooley can be seen here.
Filed under: Health concerns, Politics Observed | Tagged: American Chemical Council, chemicals, Chicago Tribune, DDT, environment, flame retardant, Green Science Policy Institute, learning disabilities, lobbying, pets, toxic chemicals, Toxic Free Kids Act, wildlife |