The major law regulating chemicals in commerce is dizzying. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed 37 years ago this week. It's never been amended, updated, or reworked, and its outdated approach harms our children.
I wanted to make sure members of Congress understand that their lack of action to effectively regulate industrial chemicals is worsening a growing public health crisis. It is heartening that Congress is finally paying attention. But who will they listen to?
Have you ever wondered what chemicals might lurk in your couch? I did and so I decided to participate in a study, just published, which analyzed what kinds of flame retardant chemicals are being used in upholstered furniture.
Throughout our history, the United States has led the world in scientific innovation. It is time we continued that tradition by developing safer, more effective chemicals to use in our clothing, buildings and household products.
Of the some 80,000 chemicals manufactured and used in the United States, the EPA has issued regulations to control just five "existing" and four "new" chemicals. Today, we'll learn a little about each of them.