fake chemical safety law now before Senate; House of R. passed it

The “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015,” authored by Pompeo (R-KS), also known as the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know), was recently passed by the House of Representatives in a 275-150 vote, where it will now move on to the Senate. If passed, the bill will render null any state-level GMO labeling laws like those passed in Hawaii, Oregon and Connecticut.  http://www.naturalnews.com/050735_Pompeo_GMO_labeling_DARK_Act.html#ixzz3pGDRs8zT

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The main chemical safety law in the United States – the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – is outdated and deeply flawed, allowing more than 80,000 chemicals that have never been tested for safety to be used in the United States.1

Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and David Vitter (R-LA) have now introduced a bill to reform TSCA, but it is even worse than the existing law. Incredibly, the bill may have even been written by the American Chemistry Council, the lobbying arm of the chemical industry.2   http://act.credoaction.com/sign/sham_chemical_bill/

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Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a coalition of 450 health, environment, labor and business groups, said in a statement that it appreciates the efforts of the senators toward making “genuine improvements” in the legislation but said it remains opposed to it.  
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VISTA, Calif.July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Dr. Bronner’s, family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America, urged consumers last week to contact their representatives and oppose Rep. Mike Pompeo’s (R-KS) bill, H.R. 1599, commonly known as the DARK Act – or “Deny Americans the Right to Know” Act. This bill would block all states from labeling genetically engineered foods, and make it much harder for the 
FDA to ever mandate national labeling. Virtually all genetically modified food grown in the U.S. is engineered by chemical companies to survive high doses of the toxic herbicides they sell, which contaminate our food and water. Sixty-four countries already mandate labeling of GE foods.   
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9-29-2015     New Reform Makes Matters Worse

  For years, Congress has been debating ideas to fix the problem. The chemical industry fought these efforts at every step and most of the stronger enforcements and protections were scuttled. Instead, the chemical industry wrote their own chemical reform bill and poured $190 million into congressional campaign funds to move it to the voting floor where it is today.  Sponsored by Senator’s Vitter & Udall, this fake reform is brilliantly crafted to sound protective, but in
actuality would give the industry everything they want and leave the American family largely (dead.)        http://www.ceh.org/get-involved/take-action/content/action-test-new-reform-leaves-door-open-to-onslaught-of-harmful-chemicals/
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3-19-2015  Boxer (D-CA) may have been right to question its authorship. Early in the week Hearst Newspapers got its hands on a draft version that was circulated by Udall’s office in anticipation of a committee hearing on Wednesday. Someone at Hearst checked the authoring information contained in the Word document—and found that it originated with the American Chemistry Council, the “leading trade organization and lobbyist for the chemical industry.”

Although Udall (D-NM) has a strong environmental record, he’s become cozy with ACC and other industry groups over the two years he’s spent working on the TSCA overhaul, as the same Times article revealed. He has raised “tens of thousands” of dollars from chemical interests, and the ACC even ran a television ad on his behalf. “The leadership he is providing is absolutely critical,” the group’s president and lobbyist Cal Dooley told the Times. Udall and the other sixteen cosponsors of his legislation received, on average, about 70 percent more from chemical companies than other senators.  http://www.thenation.com/article/did-chemical-industry-write-its-own-oversight-legislation/

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