Posted on September 19, 2013
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was honored to testify on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL). The hearing, entitled “Regulation of Existing Chemicals and the Role of Pre-Emption under Sections 6 and 18 of the Toxic Substances Control Act,” built on the subcommittee’s previous hearings examining reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
There were a total of 6 experts who testified including Mark Greenwood (Principal, Greenwood Environmental Counsel PLLC), Justin Johnson (Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency for Natural Resources), William Rawson (Partner and Chair, Chemical Regulation, Product Strategy & Defense Practice, Latham & Watkins, LLP), Jennifer Thomas (Director, Federal Government Affairs, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers), and Lemuel Srolovic (Chief, Environmental Protection Bureau, NYS Office of the Attorney General).
Today’s hearing built on the subcommittee’s previous hearings examining TSCA. Title I of the Toxic Substances Control Act: Understanding its History and Reviewing its Impact was held on June 13 and Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information, and Innovation on July 11.
I am pleased to serve as a Congressional witness for both the Senate and House of Representatives. Below you will find our recent testimonies.
- U.S. Senate: Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Hearing: “An Examination of the Health Effects of Asbestos and Methods of Mitigating Such Impacts. June 2007
- U.S. House of Representatives Hearing: “S. 742 And Draft Legislation To Ban Asbestos In Products.” February 2008
- U.S. Senate: Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Hearing: “Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats.” July 2013
For those who were unable to attend the hearing, you may read my oral testimony (PDF) or watch a full hearing. ADAO continued our longtime tradition of honoring Mesothelioma Warriors by dedicating our testimony to Janelle, Michael, and their families. I was also delighted to deliver over 2,700 Ban Asbestos Petition supporter signatures to Congress as part of my testimony. Please continue to sign and share our “ban asbestos, save lives” petition. With each new signature, our voice gets stronger and harder to ignore.
Together, change is possible.