The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. As it currently stands, TSCA is a broken law. As a result, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals continue to be used in the marketplace since the 1970's without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that produce them.
Seventh Generation stands with our business partners and our allies in the consumer protection and environmental health community to call for the following principles for TSCA reform:
- Any legislation must allow for the EPA to take fast action on the worst chemicals and include specific timetables for such regulatory action.
- The right of states to protect their residents if the federal government fails to do so, or is slow to act, must be protected Science, not industry influence must drive policy; scientific integrity must be protected from undue industry influence.
- Legislation must protect the most vulnerable among us, including pregnant women, children, workers and communities who are disproportionately exposed to chemical exposures.
- The legislation must require that the public has access to information regarding the safety of chemicals; that the responsibility is on chemical manufacturers to demonstrate chemicals are safe before they are allowed to enter the marketplace; and that the federal government invest in developing safer alternatives to toxic chemicals.
- Legislation must require that animal tests be used only as a last resort after all other methods acceptable to the US Environmental Protection Agency have been exhausted.