The American Chemistry Council, pictured here, is located in Washington, D.C. just blocks away from Capitol Hill. (Sarah Whitmire/Center for Public Integrity) (Credit: Sarah Whitmire/Center for Public Integrity)
This week, Salon wrote an in-depth exposé revealing how involved the American Chemistry Council is in Washington politics and political activities at the State level. The powerful group lobbies Congress to help prevent restrictions on certain known toxic chemicals from ever being passed.
The piece discusses key legislation that has either been tossed out or greatly threatened by the activities of the ACC. The article points to the power that special interest groups have when it comes to shaping policies that affect environmental health and makes it clear that all of us must be more vigilant when it comes to anti-toxin legislation.
The only way that special interest groups like these can be challenged is with a unified, powerful voice from lawmakers' constituents. If you haven't taken the time to let your state and federal lawmakers know where you stand on toxins and other environmental issues, take some time to do so this week. You can be sure that the ACC and similar groups are not waiting to contact your Congressmen and Senators.
Also, be sure to check out the piece in the Salon and let us know what you think.
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