The Toxies Exposed
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Have you ever wondered what Bisphenol A (BPA) — a chemical linked to cancer and found in food cans and plastics — would look like and how it would behave if it were a person? Meet the characters of The Toxies, a non-profit multi-media campaign to protect communities, workers and the environment from toxic hazards.
On August 15, 2013, the Toxies campaign will premiere The Toxies: Exposed, a 7-part satirical video series that follows a daring investigative journalist as he chases down toxic chemicals and pollutants from farm fields to car washes. This theatrical expose brings toxic hazards to life to help illustrate the real health dangers we face by not having laws that protect us from toxic chemicals.
Every year, millions of pounds of toxic or untested chemicals are used in the U.S.
“Failed chemical policies are leading to unwanted chemicals in our bodies. Almost every week a new study is released that highlights the link between chemicals in our environment and a wide range of health problems from cancer, developmental disorders, infertility and more,” says Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles.
Right now, Congress is considering a major overhaul of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), our nation’s main law regulating toxic chemicals. But rather than fixing the problems with TSCA, the current proposal — The Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA, S. 1009) — is backed by chemical manufacturers and fails to protect health and the environment. Public pressure is growing to amend the bill immediately.
“Involvement in this issue is critical. Communities are increasingly concerned about the dangers of toxic chemicals in our everyday lives,” says Kathryn Alcantar, Coordinator for Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy. “If you can’t make it to the premiere, all the videos are available online, along with educational games and opportunities for action to demand protection from toxic chemicals. You can even host a viewing party of your own.”
Bilingual fact sheets, videos and resources feature Chloropicrin, Bisphenol-A, Flame Retardants, Fracking Chemical Cocktail, Lead, Mercury, and Yellow Soap.
CONTACT: Martha Dina Arguello, Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles, 310-261-0073, firstname.lastname@example.org, Stephenie Hendricks, Work Group for Safe Markets, email@example.com 415-258-9151
SOURCE Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles