Posted by: NCC Poverty Initiative Director | March 14, 2012

Limericks for chemical policy reform

This weekend for St. Patrick’s day, many will receive funny leprechaun dolls, wear odd green jewelry and attire, and insert green plastic accessories on food.

Most of the chemicals in this festive green stuff have not been tested for safety.  Although all these things are regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), this 36 year old law has failed to protect us from dangerous chemicals. Of the more than 80,000 chemicals in our everyday products, only 200 have actually been tested for safety.

So – we’re sending limericks to our Senators asking them to strengthen TSCA.

Here are a few:

A temple of the Holy Spirit
should not have bad chemicals near it.
“TSCA is broken!”
God’s people have spoken.
We need Congress now to repair it.

There once was great politician
Who, though (s)he was not a physician
Knew that toxics were bad
And it made him(her) so mad
(S)He wrote TSCA a brand new edition.

Toxic alphabet soup: keep at bay.
PFCs, PVC, BPA.
For our health and well being
We need laws overseeing
the chemical chaos today.

Senator, can you help me please?
All this chemical dust makes me sneeze!
I don’t want Bisphenol
In my kid’s favorite doll,
Fixing TSCA should be just a breeze.

Some ick toxic chemical dust
Is making our bodies go bust.
If TSCA were fixed,
That dust would be nixed,
So TSCA reform is a must.

On shopping trips for brand new babies
We ask for the toxic-free playthings.
But without Irish luck
Parents are sadly stuck
Without knowing toy chemicals’ safety.

Got a clever limerick about the need for chemical policy reform?

Send your limerick, or one of the limericks above to both your Senators.

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