Finally! Some precautionary regulation   1 comment

We’ve been crying out for precautionary practices to replace the current U.S. reactionary policies for a long time now. Under the reactionary approach, chemicals are introduced into our marketplaces without proper testing.  The U.S. government allows these chemicals to stay in stores until a health risk is demonstrated. All too often, however, we learn about the dangers of substances after many have been affected. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 currently allows for such regulation, and has been demonstrably ineffective at looking out for the interest of the masses. For example, in the 30 plus years that the TSCA has been active, only a handfull of chemicals have been classified as an unreasonable risk. These include PCBs, chlorofluorocarbons, dioxin, asbestos and hexavalent chromium (Lexology.com). These manufactured substances were introduced into the homes of many U.S. consumers, leading to countless deaths, before the government went into action.

All of this may be about to change for the better. The Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010 was recently introduced by US Representatives Bobby Rush and Henry Waxman. According to Lexology.com, this bill “places the burden on chemical manufacturers to demonstrate to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that their chemicals are safe, replacing current law that allows chemicals into the stream of commerce until EPA demonstrates that they pose an unreasonable risk to health or the environment.” This bill applies to both chemicals manufactured in the U.S., as well as imported chemicals.

This act is a clear step in the right direction, and is expected to pass in the next session of Congress.

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Posted October 17, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

One response to “Finally! Some precautionary regulation

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  1. Great news! To be honest, I wasn’t really familiar with these concepts until you reported on them. But it seems almost as soon as you brought this issue to our attention, some action is taking place! Thanks for the post.

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