TSCA @ 5 Years: Opportunities to Act with Foresight
Online in Zoom
Online in Zoom

The University of Michigan M-LEEaD Center is co-sponsoring an event to mark the 5-year anniversary of the bipartisan legislation called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. This reform law was designed to modernize U.S. industrial chemical policy to promote health, but has it lived up to its promise? LEARN MORE AT OUR LIVE VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION (registration required) on March 16 with Sandra Svoboda, “The Forever Chemicals” co-producer and Great Lakes Now Program Director; Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences, University of CA-San Francisco; and Justin Onwenu, Environmental Justice Organizer, Sierra Club. Public understanding is limited regarding how exposures to toxic chemicals affect health and how they might be regulated. Unlike pharmaceuticals, industrial and commercial chemicals are rarely tested for safety before they reach the U.S. market. The 1976 TSCA has been widely acknowledged to be a weak and ineffective law, and widespread exposures and harms continue. In the U.S., everyone is exposed to industrial and toxic chemicals, dozens and probably hundreds – well before birth. The amount of chemicals manufactured and imported continues to grow – it is trillions of pounds – and these chemicals remain largely unregulated. At the same time, we have seen an increase in chronic diseases, such as diabetes, autism, and infertility. Not everyone is equally at risk, and a higher burden of disease falls on low wealth communities and communities of color. These health disparities in exposures and health effects are illustrated and exacerbated by COVID.

Integrated Health Sciences Core of the Michigan Center on Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD)

TSCA @ 5 Years: Opportunities to Act with Foresight

Documentary (watch 'The Forever Chemicals' now) and Live Virtual Forum

icon to add this event to your google calendarMarch 16, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online in Zoom
Sponsored by: Integrated Health Sciences Core of the Michigan Center on Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD)
Contact Information: Meredith McGehee (mcgehee@umich.edu)
Cost: Free but registration required

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The University of Michigan M-LEEaD Center is co-sponsoring an event to mark the 5-year anniversary of the bipartisan legislation called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. This reform law was designed to modernize U.S. industrial chemical policy to promote health, but has it lived up to its promise? LEARN MORE AT OUR LIVE VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION (registration required) on March 16 with Sandra Svoboda, “The Forever Chemicals” co-producer and Great Lakes Now Program Director; Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences, University of CA-San Francisco; and Justin Onwenu, Environmental Justice Organizer, Sierra Club. Public understanding is limited regarding how exposures to toxic chemicals affect health and how they might be regulated. Unlike pharmaceuticals, industrial and commercial chemicals are rarely tested for safety before they reach the U.S. market. The 1976 TSCA has been widely acknowledged to be a weak and ineffective law, and widespread exposures and harms continue. In the U.S., everyone is exposed to industrial and toxic chemicals, dozens and probably hundreds – well before birth. The amount of chemicals manufactured and imported continues to grow – it is trillions of pounds – and these chemicals remain largely unregulated. At the same time, we have seen an increase in chronic diseases, such as diabetes, autism, and infertility. Not everyone is equally at risk, and a higher burden of disease falls on low wealth communities and communities of color. These health disparities in exposures and health effects are illustrated and exacerbated by COVID.

The Forever Chemicals