US Chemical Companies to Write Their Own "Safety Standards" for the Proposed "Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” (Bill S.697)
With bill S.697, the chemical industry is about to be given free reign to write their own safety standards. Unless, they are willing to drink their own glyphosate to prove it is “completely safe” as one Patrick Moore recently refused to do, then it hardly makes sense for them to decide if their own products meet safety requirements for the public.
Congress hasn’t passed a chemical control bill since 1976, with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). But this was even ‘broken from the start,” according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
The TSCA grandfathered in thousands of chemicals that were already on the market at the time, even though most of them were extremely hazardous to human health. That act didn’t even allow the EPA to ban asbestos, which is a known cause of cancer.
This new bill would essentially give companies like Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and Syngenta the authority to call their own toxic chemicals ‘safe’ when regulatory bodies elsewhere have called them carcinogenic, and even deadly.
If anything, it is time for reform of the original bill, but instead, congress is looking to give chemical giants like Dow and Monsanto more ammunition to poison the planet.
S.697 is the brainchild of a chemical industry that has spent $190 million lobbying for its passage. Here are examples of just some of the money trail supporting this bill:
- Democratic Sponsor Tom Udall’s (D-N.M.) campaign received $49,050 from the Chemical industry in the 2014 cycle, plus $23,500 from lobbyists employed by the American Chemistry Council.
- Republican sponsor David Vitter’s (R-La.) campaign received $20,600 in the 2014 cycle, and $14,300 from American Chemistry Council lobbyists.
- American Chemistry Council has other ‘donations.’
- Crunch Barrett:"This is probably part of the TPP & TTIP 'trade deals' I'll wager".
- Vic Shadow:"Someone give the USA citizens the strength to stand up against their corrupt government and corporations that I would consider a terrorist act, knowingly bringing harm to citizens! Endangering public safety is a crime isn't it?"
- Douglas Hotchkiss:"The average price of a senate vote is $20,000 U.S.D. That's sad that they can be bought like that!" Vic Shadow:"Now if you can just get your justice system to recognize that, and arrest the guilty, would be a move in the right direction."
- Sumukhi Dasi:"Might as well have the Mafia in power in The USA they would not be so criminally callous." Vlado Stojcevski:"The Corporation's OWN the government and make the laws and when they retire, they go and work 4 the Corporation".