Environmental Defense Fund is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 700,000 members. Since 1967, we have linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems.
Our work on chemical safety
For over a decade, EDF experts have pressed for reform with a series of groundbreaking reports:
- Our 1997 report Toxic Ignorance [PDF] raised public awareness of how few widely used chemicals had been tested and how little public data were available.
- EDF's 2007 report Not That Innocent documented the urgent need for policy reform. Our analysis contrasted U.S. policies with those in Canada and the European Union and identifed "best practices" culled from all three systems that together create a vision for future U.S. chemicals policy.
- Our September 2008 report Across the Pond assessed one of the first impacts that the new European regulation called REACH will have on U.S. companies and chemicals—REACH's identification of "substances of very high concern."
- EDF scientist Richard Denison's paper Ten Essential Elements in TSCA Reform [PDF], published in January 2009 in the Environmental Law Reporter, laid out a blueprint for new legislation to replace the outmoded Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.
- Richard Denison's February 2009 testimony [PDF] before a House subcommittee stressed the urgent need for chemical policy reform.
More recently, EDF's Chemicals and Nanomaterials blog gives our perspective on current issues and recent developments in chemicals policy reform.
EDF partners with state and national groups to press for reform
We are also engaged in efforts at the state and federal level to develop and enact comprehensive chemicals policy reform. EDF is a founding member of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaign, a broad coalition of state and national environmental groups, associations of health professionals, advocates for health-affected individuals and environmental justice organizations.