obama administration steps up
This the Story of Congressperson X, elected in November 2010. She/he was part of a perceived "sea change" election which shifted control of the U.S. House from one party to the other. Those who remained in office and in power once the dust settled, like Congressperson X, felt they had a strong mandate to change policies, transform government and revive an economy stalled in deep recession.
The Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act (HR 4395) introduced this April in the U.S. House sounds like long-overdue progress on reforming this country's failed "industry self-regulation" system for personal care products. But the measure drew immediate criticism from Clean Water Action and the Safe Cosmetics Campaign.
A new bill to put common-sense limits on toxic chemicals could face its first test in the U.S. Senate this spring. The Safe Chemicals Act (S 847), introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ) with sixteen Senate cosponsors, may soon be voted on by the powerful Environment and Public Works committee and could move from there to the Senate floor. Clean Water Action and the national Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition support the measure and are working simultaneously to advance health-protective chemical reforms through proposals being considered in twenty-eight states. Read more
Lead in Lipstick
A February 2012 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study found lead in hundreds of lipsticks. The issue first came to light when through independent lab tests by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in 2007, which found lead in 61 percent of samples from 33 popular brands, including L'Oreal, Cover Girl and Dior.