Tagged : toxic-substances-control-act
May 17th, 2010
After reading today’s news about yet another study linking pesticides to yet another health issue, in this case ADHD, I thought maybe this time, we’ll pay attention to this dark undercurrent in modern life. Perhaps now, with 3-7 percent of kids affected by ADHD, and the disorder possibly triggered by pesticide exposure, we’ll finally see that it really is something in the water — and the food — that’s causing this crisis.
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Tags: · ADHD, autism, BarbaraKesslerBlog, body burden, cancer, chemical exposure, chemical pollution, diazinon, Lawns, leukemia, malathion, organophosphate pesticides, pesticides, Safe Chemicals Act of 2010, Toxic Substances Control Act
February 10th, 2010
(This article was first posted on Jan. 25, 2010, by the Natural Resources Defense Council on its Simple Steps website. It is a Q & A with NRDC Senior Attorney Daniel Rosenberg exploring why the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, of which the NRDC is a member, wants tighter controls on toxic substances.)
By Paul McRandle
Q: Quickly, what is TSCA and why does it need to be reformed?
Daniel Rosenberg: TSCA is an environmental law first enacted in 1976 and never updated since, that was intended to regulate the safety of industrial chemicals—that is most chemicals that find their way into the stream of commerce. It is generally regarded to be the greatest failure of all the major environmental laws passed in the early 1970s. This is because there were 62,000 chemicals in use when it was enacted and all of those chemicals were grandfathered in, meaning they didn’t have to be tested or required to meet a safety standard. On top of that, the law makes it extremely difficult for EPA to take action even when they know a chemical is unsafe, like asbestos. The way the law is written, the burden is on the agency to prove a chemical is unsafe rather than the companies who make chemicals having to prove they are safe.
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Tags: · bioaccumulation of toxics, body burden, chemicals, health effects of toxic substnces, Natural Resources Defense Council, neurotoxins, Other Voices Blog, Paul McRandle, PCBs, pesticides, Toxic Substances Control Act, TSCA
May 1st, 2009
By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
We hear every day about dangerous chemicals in household products that are linked to cancer, infertility, autism and other diseases – yet many Americans may not realize just how many of these harmful substances they’ve actually ingested in the course of everyday living.
The answer? About 48. That’s according a study by the Environmental Working Group and Rachel’s Network, in which five leading minority women environmentalists from different parts of the country volunteered to have their blood tested for toxins. The results, say EWG experts, show that regulation of chemicals in the U.S. is weak and “antiquated” and needs a major overhaul.
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Tags: · benzene, Beverly Wright, bisphenol-A, body burden, body products, BPA, chemicals, contamination, Corpus Christi, environmental toxins, Environmental Working Group, Flame retardants, Green Bay, Jean Salone, Jennifer Hill-Kelley, lead, Mercury, musks, New Orleans, PBDEs, perchlorates, PFCs, Plastics, regulation, rocket fuel, Suzie Canales, Teflon, Toxic Substances Control Act