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ACC Asserts That Protecting Children’s Health is a Top Priority of Modernized Chemical Management Reform

Tiffany Harrington (703) 741-5583
March 17, 2010

CALLS FOR OPEN DIALOGUE ON TSCA

ARLINGTON, VA (March 17, 2010) – American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO, Cal Dooley, today submitted a statement for the record to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health concerning an anticipated General Accounting Office report on children’s health.  His comments are excerpted below:

“Protecting the health and well-being of children is a fundamental value the chemical industry shares with society.  Children live safer, healthier lives thanks in part to the development of chemical products and technologies that improve public health and safety.

“As you are aware, ACC and its members welcome Congress’ review of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the measures that might be taken to modernize the statute.  The chemical industry is a dynamic industry, a keystone of the “new economy” and a leader in protecting the environment.  We believe that considerable thought to practical ways in which TSCA can be improved to protect public health -- including children’s health -- and the environment while promoting innovation and creating jobs is paramount.

“ACC actively supports government programs such as the National Children’s Study which will establish a strong scientific foundation for setting children’s health priorities and will help to ensure that resources are focused on protecting children from factors that pose the greatest risks.  Additionally, the Voluntary Children’s Chemical Evaluation Program (VCCEP) was developed to help understand the data and information necessary to assess risks to children. 

“Paramount to the success of a comprehensive legislative proposal is the ability to discuss ideas and concepts in a transparent fashion and allow for meaningful discussion by all key stakeholder groups.”  [View ACC's statement for the record].  We look forward to working with the entire Committee as discussions get underway.”

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