ADAO Encouraged by Energy and Commerce Subcommittee’s Hearing on “Prioritizing Chemicals for Safety Determination”
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009.
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) today announced that it is encouraged by the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection’s Hearing on “Prioritizing Chemicals for Safety Determination”. The hearing examined the options for prioritizing chemicals for safety determinations in the event that the Committee amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
This development is preceded by the Surgeon General’s statement earlier this year acknowledging that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s recommendation to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to further protect citizens against dangerous chemicals such as asbestos.
In addition, ADAO’s own product testing in 2007 revealed that asbestos continues to be used in consumer products, including children’s toys. As a result of the independent investigation, the CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTM Fingerprint Examination Kit toy was pulled from store shelves just before the holidays. “As the largest victims’ organization, ADAO agrees with the World Health Organization, International Labour Organization (ILO), EPA and U.S. Surgeon General, that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure,” stated ADAO Executive Director, Linda Reinstein. “We need to move from consumer protection to the prohibition of deadly chemicals. Since 1976, scientific and medical studies have proved asbestos is a human carcinogen. Our 2007 ADAO product testing results confirmed without a doubt that asbestos remains a threat. It is critically important to amend TSCA and ban asbestos now.”
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