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Safe Chemicals Act of 2013

On April 10, 2013, Senator Lautenburg (D - NJ) reintroduced the Safe Chemicals Act (S. 696). This legislation would overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 and provide the EPA with the authority to protect public health and the environment.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is also joining Senator Lautenberg to push for chemical reform in the 113th Congress. 

In addition to Senators Lautenberg and Gillibrand, the cosponsors of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 are Senators: Charles Schumer (D-NY), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Tom Udall (D-NM), Max Baucus  (D-MT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), Jon Tester (D-MT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Richard "Mo" Cowan (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Angus King (I-ME).

We want the voices of nurses to be heard and are asking nurses around the country to show their support for this important piece of legislation by asking their Senator in Congress to become a co-sponsor of this bill and vote in favor of this legislation.

To help individual nurses and nursing organizations engage their Senators around this important piece of legislation, we have created a Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 Toolkit. All of these documents are free for you to use, adapt, and distribute.

Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 Toolkit

  1. Read our fact sheet on why this legislation is important to nurses and public health: Fact Sheet - Safe Chemicals Act of 2013. You can also review the legislative update page created by Safer Chemicals Healthy Family here.

  2. Send an email to your Senator asking them to co-sponsor the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2013.

  3. Write a letter to your Senator asking them to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation. Download tips on how to write your legislator and a sample letter. You can look up your Senator's address here.

  4. Have your nursing organization sign on to the Safer Chemicals, Health Families coalition. This group is involved in a nationwide effort to pass smart federal policies to protect us from toxic chemicals. Read the Campaign Platform and join the Coalition. If your organization signs on, please contact Katie Huffling (


Watch this video with Charlotte Brody, RN to learn about Chemical Policy and why it's so important for nurses to be involved in this issue:

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Last updated 1097 days ago by Rita Warner

Katie - the "email" link and message doesn't know that one of our senators, merkley, is a sponsor?  Is the day of action still on for the 13th and is there a place i can get info re the 13th to spread?

Tom Engle 1605 days ago

Hi Tom - Senator Merkley is now on the list. You can go to our call-in day blog post for more information on how to participate.


Katie Huffling 1605 days ago