Is the New Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Working as Congress Intended?

Our April 2018 legislative briefing “Is the New Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Working as Congress Intended?,” held in partnership with The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), was attended by 95 people including Congressional and agency staff, media and NGOs.

Leading experts shared concerns about EPA’s approach to the science in TSCA implementation- watch the video below. Also below are infographics, fact sheets and social media outreach materials that summarize processes under the new TSCA and where the most current scientific principles and data should be brought to bear— please feel free to use and share!

The briefing explored: EPA’s progress on TSCA implementation and important new mandates under the revised law; the latest science on assessing risks to vulnerable populations including pregnant women, workers, and communities of color; and the implications of current EPA proposals for public health.

 


Press Kit

View the Press Kit, which includes the Press Release, the Media Advisory and the announcement in addition to all materials listed below.


Infographics

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Pregnant Women + Chemicals Don’t Mix
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Pregnant women and chemicals infographic

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toxic Tricks
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Toxic Tricks Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Social Media Resources

Why isn’t EPA protecting him?
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TSCA child - April 2018

 

 

 

 

Why isn’t EPA protecting them?
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TSCA children - April 2018

Why isn’t EPA protecting them?
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TSCA pregnant mom - April 2018

Why isn’t EPA protecting workers?
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TSCA worker - April 2018

EPA is underestimating the risks
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TSCA 10 chemicals - April 2018

~30,000 lbs of industrial chemicals
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TSCA 30k chemicals - April 2018

Toxic chemicals are contaminating people
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TSCA chemicals contaminating - April 2018


Fact Sheets

How is EPA Handling PBT Chemicals under the New Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)?
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PBT Chemicals Fact Sheet - April 2018_Page_1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How is EPA Handling Existing Chemicals under the New Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)?
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Existing Chemicals Fact Sheet - April 2018_Page_1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How is EPA Handling New Chemicals under the New Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)?
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New Chemicals Fact Sheet - April 2018_Page_1


Program Summary

The legislative briefing, co-hosted by the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists covered: what the science says about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent chemical decisions and how they affect public health; how the EPA, led by Administrator Scott Pruitt, is implementing TSCA and why it faces legal challenges; and, loopholes industry has found and what they mean for you and the public.

Speakers

Woodruff photoTracey J. Woodruff, PhD (moderator)University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, former EPA scientist and Professor and Director, one of the nation’s leading experts on chemicals, health effects and chemical policy, reviewed how the EPA’s recent chemical decisions fail to reflect what Congress intended when it reformed TSCA.

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Eve Gartner, JD, Earthjustice, attorney who has filed multiple lawsuits on TSCA to protect public health, explained how the EPA is violating the law and the loopholes industry has found.

 

Michaels photo - confirmedDavid Michaels, PhD, MPHGeorge Washington University School of Public Health, former Assistant Secretary of Labor who issued OSHA rules to protect workers from exposure to silica and beryllium, examined how TSCA affects workers and how the current administration is jeopardizing workplace health protections.

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Monique Harden, JDDeep South Center for Environmental Justice, who provides research, legal and advocacy assistance to communities harmed by pollution, discussed the ways chemical regulations and TSCA implementation are failing children and families.

 

DeNicola photoNathaniel G. DeNicola, MD, MSHP, FACOGAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), reviewed the reasons why ACOG is getting involved in environmental policy and what the science says about the effects of chemical exposures on women’s health.

Supporting Organizations

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