On June 22nd, President Barack Obama signed into law The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. This law calls for the review of chemicals currently found in household products and for increased scrutiny over new chemicals before entering the marketplace, in addition to protecting vulnerable populations such as children and pregnant women. Senator Frank Lautenberg initiated the legislation – which replaces the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 – prior to his death in 2013.
The staff at CNNH are particularly excited and proud of this law because it was championed, in part, by a CNNH parent, Lisa Huguenin, Ph.D. Dr. Huguenin holds a doctorate in Environmental Science and Human Exposure Assessment, but she advocated for this law on behalf of her son, Harrison. You can read Lisa’s story in the testimony she provided during a Senate hearing on Toxic Chemicals and Children’s Environmental Health on October 26, 2010. In her testimony, Lisa raises concerns about the prevalence of neurological conditions, such as autism, and how studies are linking them to environmental exposures. http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/2e3e1717-6d9c-4726-9bec-55837b24e610/writtentestimonyfinal1.pdf
We applaud Lisa’s advocacy and tenacity for the many years she dedicated to providing testimony, encouragement and education to our lawmakers. We are hopeful that with the heightened scrutiny of dangerous chemical substances our homes will become a little bit safer and our children will become a little bit healthier. Dr. Lisa Huguenin is a true CNNH Parent-Champion!
To see the video of Lisa introducing the President of the United States and his comments on the law, click on this link: http://www.c-span.org/video/?411615-1/president-obama-signs-chemical-safety-bill.