We know far too little about chemicals coming into the market.
Manufacturers have far too little certainty about how chemicals they
make are regulated. The EPA needs the tools to do the job that the
- EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
6, 2009, was a historic day. In a first-of-its-kind conference, EWG
brought together more than 150 representatives of government,
academia, the environmental community and industry (yes, you read that
right). The subject was chemicals policy. And everyone had one thought
The time has come for comprehensive reform of our nation's outdated
system for chemicals regulation. It has failed to ensure that the health
of our children -- and of all Americans -- is no longer threatened by
the thousands of chemicals encountered in daily life. As a result,
consumers no longer trust that the products they are being sold are
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson joined us because she agrees that
now is the time for change. Her keynote address signaled that the
Administration is ready to take on chemicals policy reform.
Click here for blog updates, photos and video from the conference,
including excerpts from Administrator Jackson's keynote address.
Parents, children, doctors, legislators and, of course, the chemical
industry itself, are all stakeholders when it comes to comprehensive
chemical reform. One refrain we heard over and over during the
conference, from business leaders and environmental health advocates
alike, was this: the time for change is NOW. Though we may not
agree on every detail, we do agree that the goal of meaningful reform
will not be met unless we all come to the table and hammer out our
A special thanks goes to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ), Sen. Barbara Boxer
(CA), EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Rep. Henry Waxman (CA), Rep.
Bobby Rush (IL), and you. Unless consumers speak up -- with your voices
and with your dollars -- these dialogues, and the reform on the horizon,
will not happen.
President, Environmental Working Group