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July 23, 2012

Time Sensitive: The Safe Chemicals Act Will Be Voted on Finally!


07/25/2012 Update: The Safe Chemicals Act PASSED out of the Environment Committee today!  It still has a long way to make it into law, but this is a great first step.  Thanks to all who wrote and tweeted!

After sitting in committee since last year, the Safe Chemicals Act is scheduled to be voted on for the first time this Wednesday!  Two weeks ago, I wrote about how substitutes for BPA might not be safer than BPA and why we need the Safe Chemicals Act to protect us.  Last week I wrote about how endocrine-disrupting chemicals are affecting all of us, no matter how small the dose.  This Act is so important because our outdated toxic chemical legislation does not protect us from the many chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis.  Please take a moment today to let your Senator know you are watching.

Here’s what you can do:

Use the form on the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families website to send a message to your Senator:  http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6639/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11290

Read the new report Chemicals and Our Health: Why Recent Science Calls Us to Action to understand the issues and why this Act is so important.

Post to Facebook.  Here are some sample FB posts:

HUGE news: the Safe Chemicals Act, a bill to protect our families from toxic chemicals will be voted on this week! Will you let your Senators know you’ll be watching? Please take action today and share with your friends http://bit.ly/LF3hQn

It’s go time. We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time, the Safe Chemicals Act is being voted on in committee this week! Please take action and ask your friends to show Congress that they must protect our families from toxic chemicals. http://bit.ly/LF3hQn

Breaking news: The Safe Chemicals Act will be voted on this week in committee, please take action today to show Congress we need to pass this bill! http://bit.ly/LF3hQn Please share with your friends, now is the time to call! 

Post to Twitter.  

Safer Chemicals Healthy Families will be live tweeting the hearing.  Follow hash tag #SafeChemicalsAct.

Here are some sample tweets:

Big news: the #SafeChemicalsAct is being voted on this week! Let your Senator know, you’ll be watching. http://bit.ly/LF3hQn

Supporting the #SafeChemicalsAct is mainstream, not extreme. @SenateFloor, I’ll be watching! http://bit.ly/LF3hQn

Hey Congress, Just say no to #JoeChemical and yes to the #SafeChemicalsAct. I’ll be watching … http://bit.ly/LF3hQn

Senator specific tweets from your state are encouraged ie

Hey @SenAlexander, #Tennessee families are counting on your vote for the #SafeChemicalsAct! Vote YES today!  OR

Thanks @SenGillibrand for being a sponsor and leader on the #SafeChemicalsAct, please vote for the strongest bill today!

Please do everything you can to speak up!


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Thanks for the heads up! I followed the link and sent the email, and posted it to my facebook for others to do the same! Thanks again!!

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