PODER

Protect Our Communities from Toxic Chemicals

October 22, 2010

Welcome Susana Almanza from our grant partner, PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources). In East Austin, Texas the Pure Casting Foundry is directly across the street from Zavala Elementary School and its playground for kindergarten children. At the Pure Casting Foundry, twelve metals have been documented that are known to possess toxic characteristics to humans -- especially for children, infants, and fetuses. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 has principally failed communities of color. In the 34 years since TSCA was enacted, EPA has been able to require testing on just 200 of the more than 80,000 chemicals produced and used in the U.S. Communities of color are disproportionately exposed to toxic chemicals where we live, work and play from industrial polluters, consumer products and contaminated food supply. (Learn more about these products by visiting SaferChemicals.org and SafeCosmetics.org.) The November 2010 elections are more important than ever. We need to elect representatives that will support H.R. 5820, the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010. Ask your congressional representative if he/she supports H.R. 58210. The Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010 will protect the most vulnerable from the cumulative impact of toxic chemicals; reduce “hot spots” in communities that face the highest exposures to toxics; and take prompt action to restrict the worst chemicals to which people are exposed. Let’s make sure that our elected and newly elected representatives represent policies that protect the health of our families and ensure environmental justice. Vote!

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