U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will celebrate historic progress on the the push to reform the broken chemical safety law with a rally at an Albuquerque business devoted to selling home and building products free of hazardous chemicals.
Joining Udall will be business owners, building trade workers, the March of Dimes, moms and experts on health and safety, including Dr. Cheryl Willman of the UNM Cancer Center, Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins and Caroline Scruggs of UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning.
Udall has led the bipartisan effort in Congress to fix this broken system to keep our children and communities safe in New Mexico and across the nation. A final agreement on his bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives 403-12 this week. It is expected to pass the Senate very soon and be signed into law by the president.
Background: Most Americans believe that if they can buy a product at the grocery or hardware store it has been tested for safety — but that’s not true because the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act has been broken from the beginning. For 40 years, hundreds of chemicals each year have been manufactured and allowed to be put on the market without being evaluated for safety. Even chemicals that are known carcinogens or highly toxic, like asbestos, formaldehyde, flame retardants, BPA and lead, are not regulated for consumer safety. Infants, pregnant women, the elderly and workers exposed to chemicals on the job are particularly at risk. Udall’s bipartisan legislation is the first overhaul of the broken law since it was passed in 1976.