1976 Scorecard Vote
(S. 3219) Clean Air Act Amendments: The vote is on the Packwood amendment to ban the use of fluorocarbons in aerosol cans and sprays after January 1, 1978, unless the Environmental Protection Agency decided that the chemicals pose no significant risk to public health or welfare. At the time of the vote there was growing evidence that fluorocarbons are breaking down the ozone layer in the stratosphere that protects the Earth from ultraviolet radiation. Since the vote, this theory has been confirmed by a National Academy of Sciences panel which estimated that continued use of aerosol sprays would cause several thousand cases of skin cancer every year. The panel recommended tough restrictions on the use of fluorocarbons but did not set any deadline for this. August 5, 1976. Rejected 28-64. The correct vote is yes.