MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The National Stroller Brigade rolled through the nation’s capitol on Tuesday, May 22.
Hundreds of mothers were protesting toxic chemicals believed to contribute to everything from cancer to developmental disabilities.
Two Tennessee mothers were among those who strolled on Washington.
All the moms say the science is in and unregulated toxic chemicals have to go. Some of those chemicals have disappeared from store shelves, only to reappear in other products.
Both Tennessee moms say the status quo is dangerous and unacceptable.
Hundreds of concerned mothers and their strollers marched on the U.S. Capitol, voicing their concerns over chemicals that create everything from cancers to learning disabilities in kids.
“Some in the chemical industry are using dirty tricks and junk science to maintain the status quo,” said New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg.
Senator Lautenberg wants toxic chemicals banned or modified, or at the very least, identified.
“We don’t know what some of those chemicals are because they won’t release them,” said Memphian Donna Brigham.
Brigham teaches fourteen learning disabled kids in Memphis and took her stroller to Washington, presenting information to Tennessee senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander.
“Senator Alexander’s group was fantastic,” said Brigham, “very receptive.”
Right now, eighteen senators co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act, but more Republican support is needed.
“We need more bi-partisanship,” said Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, “Why is this partisan issue?”
“This is an effort to put some common sense limits in these chemicals,” said Anne Brock of Knoxville.
Brock blogs about toxic chemicals on floursackmama.com, and believes the Stroller Brigade made an impact.
“We delivered 130,000 signatures asking congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act,” she said.
“We’re going to pass the Safe Chemicals Act,” said Lautenberg, “and require chemical makers to prove their products are safe before they end up in our children’s bodies.”
“We’re seeing more and more evidence of how toxic chemicals are playing a role in diagnosing autism, Asperger’s and other diseases,” Brigham said.
Illinois Senator Durbin said there are 80,000 chemicals in use in America and only 200 have been reviewed; 4 have been banned.
According to Durbin, that leaves a lot of work to do.