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United States Senate

What’s At Stake

Senators are voting on whether or not to advance the nomination of Nancy Beck, a chemical industry lobbyist who will jeopardize our public health, to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. If confirmed, Beck will have the authority to thwart Earthjustice’s petition before the CPSC calling for a ban on hazardous flame retardants linked to reduced IQ in children, endocrine and thyroid disruption, and cancer. We need to flood your Senators' phones with calls opposing this nomination.

JUSTIN T. GELLERSON / NEW YORK TIMES VIA REDUX

Nancy Beck, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, makes opening remarks at a PPDC meeting hosted at EPA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, on November 1, 2017.

Your Actions Matter

Your messages make a difference, even if we have leaders who don't want to listen. Here's why.

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You level the playing field.

Elected officials pay attention when they see that we are paying attention.

They may be hearing from industry lobbyists left and right, but hearing the stories of their constituents — that’s your power.

Our legislators serve at the pleasure of the people who gave them their job — you. When you contact your elected official, you’re putting a face and a name on an issue. Whether or not you voted for them, they work for you, for the duration of their term.

Make sure your elected officials know whose community and whose values they represent. (Find your local, state, and federal elected officials.)

Your action is with us in court.

If a federal agency finalizes a harmful action, the record of public comments provides a basis for bringing them into court.

Throughout each of the public comment periods we alert you to, Earthjustice’s attorneys are researching and writing in-depth, technical comments to submit — detailing how the regulation could and should be stronger to protect the environment, our communities, and our planet.

We need you to join us — your specific experiences, knowledge, and voice are crucial to add to the Administrative Record through the comment periods.

Lawsuits we file that challenge weak or harmful federal regulations rely on what was submitted during the comment period. The court can only look at documents that are in the Administrative Record — including the public comments — to decide if the agency did something improper.

Your actions aid our litigation. Taking action and submitting comments during a comment period is substantively important.

It’s the law.

Federal agencies must pause what they’re doing and ask for — and consider — your comment.

Many of us may have never heard of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but laws like these require our government to ask the public to weigh in before agencies adopt or change regulations.

Regulations essentially describe how federal agencies will carry out laws — including decisions that could undermine science, or weaken safeguards on public health.

Public comments are collected at various points throughout the federal government’s rulemaking process, including when a regulation is proposed and finalized. (Learn more about the rulemaking process.) These comments become part of the official, legal public record — the “Administrative Record.”

When the public responds with a huge outpouring of support for environmental protections, these individual messages collectively undercut politicians' attempts to claim otherwise.

What this means is each of us can take a role in shaping the rules our government creates — and ensuring those rules are fair and effective.

To receive a switchboard call and be connected to your senator, please enter your phone number below. (Sometimes it takes a few seconds for the grey action box to load below.)

You won't need to say a lot — just follow our short script.

Not sure what to say? We have a guide to help.

Hello! My name is My full name. I'm calling from My City and State.

I am calling to oppose the nomination of Nancy Beck to Consumer Product Safety Commission. Nancy Beck has spent her career undermining protections against dangerous, cancer-causing chemicals that have contaminated drinking water across the country.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission will be compromised under Nancy Beck’s leadership. Beck’s career confirms that she cannot be trusted to protect us from products containing toxic chemicals. Her nomination would jeopardize the health of everyone in [my state], so I urge you to oppose her nomination. Thank you for your time.

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