Many of us assume that chemicals used to make ordinary products are tested for safety. Sadly, that's not the case. From baby bottles made with bisphenol-A (BPA) to carpets containing formaldehyde, dangerous chemicals are in our homes and in the products we use every day.
When the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) became law in 1976, the goal was to ensure the safety of chemicals from manufacture to use and disposal. From the start, it was clear that weaknesses in the law would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from acting on even known health dangers or require testing on specific chemicals. Under TSCA, the EPA must prove a chemical poses an "unreasonable risk" to public health or the environment before it can be regulated. The law allowed 62,000 chemicals to remain on the market without testing and in the more than 30 years since then, testing has been required for only about 200 of those chemicals. In the end, only five have been partially regulated. The rest have never been fully assessed for toxic impacts on human health and the environment.
For the 22,000 chemicals introduced since 1976, chemical manufacturers have provided little or no information to the EPA regarding their potential health or environmental impacts.
Seventh Generation stands with our NGO partners, Women's Voices for the Earth, the Breast Cancer Fund, and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families to call for TSCA reform, which has the potential to enhance chemical safety and improve the lives of millions. We invite you to join us!
What you can do:
Tell your Senator that any TSCA reform legislation the Senate passes must contain common sense provisions to (1) protect the rights of states to regulate toxic chemicals; (2) immediately get the worst, most toxic chemicals off the market; and (3) prioritize identifying and reviewing the most high-risk chemicals first.
1: Email your senator
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Your advocacy can make a difference in this world. Thanks for continuing to fight with us to improve our nation's health, safety, and environment!