Updated 01/07/2013 11:17 AM
Wilmington group campaigns for tougher toxic chemical legislation
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WILMINGTON — A group of concerned mothers and their children marched in downtown Wilmington Thursday to take a stand for chemical reform.
A local chapter of the MomsRising group visited Sen. Richard Burr's office to ask for his help in creating tougher toxic chemical legislation. Jerry Ensminger is a former Marine who has long fought for health benefits for Marines' families affected by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
Ensminger joined in Thursday's march and said tougher legislation is needed in the chemical industry.
"They can create a chemical, they can sell it to manufacturers who are going to put it in products that we use in our homes that our children are exposed to. I mean, it does not make any sense," said Ensminger.
"I have no control over the chemicals that go into the products that I buy, so I'm taking this step to try to ask the legislators that do have control over things like that to take a stand for me and my family and all of us," said MomsRising member Tracy Kellog-Brodeur.
The group turned in more than 1,000 signatures to Sen. Burr's office in Wilmington.