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The Kid Safe Chemicals Act (HR 6100)

The Kid Safe Chemicals Act (HR 6100)

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A House bill for revising the Toxic Substances Control Act, which would impose testing requirements and bans on a wide variety of chemicals currently in widespread use, including BPA (Bisphenol-A) and phthalates.
A House bill for revising the Toxic Substances Control Act, which would impose testing requirements and bans on a wide variety of chemicals currently in widespread use, including BPA (Bisphenol-A) and phthalates.

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06/16/2009

 
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110
TH
CONGRESS2
D
S
ESSION
 
H. R. 6100
To amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the exposure of children, workers, and consumers to toxic chemical substances.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
M
 AY
20, 2008Ms. S
OLIS
(for herself and Mr. W
 AXMAN
) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
A BILL
To amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce theexposure of children, workers, and consumers to toxicchemical substances.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
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tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
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This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Kid-Safe Chemicals
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 Act of 2008’’.
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SEC. 2. FINDINGS, POLICIES, AND GOALS.
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(a) F
INDINGS
.—Congress finds that—
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(1) the incidence of some diseases and disorders
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that have been linked to chemical exposures are on
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the rise;
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(2) the metabolism, physiology, and exposure
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patterns of developing fetuses, infants, and children
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to toxic chemicals differ from those of adults, which
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makes children more vulnerable than adults to the
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harmful effects of exposure to some synthetic chemi-
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cals;
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(3) unlike manufacturers of pharmaceuticals
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and pesticides, manufacturers of most chemical sub-
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stances are not required under current law to supply 
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human or environmental toxicity information before
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selling their products to the public;
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(4) consequently, the vast majority of chemicals
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 used in commercial products have never had any 
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Federal review to evaluate potential toxicity of the
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produces to infants, children, developing fetuses, or
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adults;
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(5) biomonitoring tests have shown that a fetus,
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infant, or child in the United States today often has
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many synthetic chemicals in its blood and tissue;
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(6) certain chemicals that are persistent or slow
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to degrade and which bioaccumulate in human bod-
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ies and wildlife have been found to be increasing in
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the environment;
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(7) despite those alarming discoveries, the Envi-
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ronmental Protection Agency has reviewed the
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human health risks of only an estimated 2 percent
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of the 62,000 chemicals that were in use in 1976,
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 when Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control
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 Act (15 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.);
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(8) the Administrator of the Environmental
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Protection Agency (referred to in this Act as the
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‘‘Administrator’’) has promulgated regulations to
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 ban or restrict the use of only 5 chemical substances
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in 29 years, based on the excessively high adminis-
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trative and legal hurdles imposed by that Act;
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(9) the chemical industry is an important part
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of the economy of the United States that has dem-
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onstrated innovation in meeting environmental chal-
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lenges and is taking voluntary steps to help ensure
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that the products of the industry are safe;
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(10) there is significant global trade in the
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chemical sector and many of the companies that con-
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duct business in the United States must also comply 
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 with chemical safety regulatory programs in other
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countries;
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(11) the data that is generated to comply with
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these other regulatory programs would be useful in
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 understanding hazards presented in the United
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States; and
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