WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) — Healthcare advocates say they want quick action by Congress on the “Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010″ on the eve of public hearings scheduled for Thursday.
Healthcare professionals pushing for reform of the nation’s chemical regulatory system are highlighting the link between disease prevention, cost containment and law reform, a release from Health Care Without Harm said Wednesday.
“In order to reduce the chronic disease burden of Americans and to contain health care costs, we need to eliminate toxic chemicals that have trespassed into our bodies and into our lives,” stated Gary Cohen, President of Health Care Without Harm.
“There is a wave of real concern in the health community about the link between the widespread exposure to chemicals and the overwhelming epidemic of chronic disease burdening the U.S. healthcare system,” he said.
“Most people believe that the chemicals we use today would not be on the market unless they are safe,” Cohen said. “Unfortunately, this is not true. Chemicals have been regulated under a lax and ineffective system that puts the burden of proof on consumers and those harmed by the chemicals, not on the chemical industry itself.”
“The bill would give the EPA the authority and tools it needs to better protect our society from unregulated toxicants,” he said.
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