Among the groups joining in the call for reform are the National Council of Churches, the Reformed Action Center and GreenFaith. Both the interfaith statement, which carries 900 signatures, and the Christian statement, with 1,800 signatures, express concern that toxic chemicals jeopardize vulnerable populations such as people of color, children and pregnant women.
“While everyone is exposed to some risk from toxic chemicals, communities of color and poor communities have far more toxic dump sites and toxic consumer products,” said the Rev. Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith’s executive director and an Episcopal priest. “The world’s religions affirm our duty to protect the most vulnerable. We need a chemical policy that offers this kind of protection.”