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Chemical Policy (TSCA)

There is widespread agreement that the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the principle federal statute governing the use and safety of the thousands of chemicals we are exposed to in our everyday lives, is broken and needs to be reformed.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been given responsibility but little authority to enforce TSCA. Enacted in 1976, this current law was broken from the start, grandfathering thousands of chemicals already on the market. This law is so broken and so weak that the EPA could not even ban asbestos, a cancer-causing substance that is still in use and killing thousands of Americans each year.

To date, the EPA has only reviewed a few hundred chemicals for safety. There are nearly 85,000 chemicals currently approved for use that the federal government and consumers know little to nothing about.

We need real toxic chemical reform that ensures protection of public health, especially to our vulnerable populations, and the environment from the hazards these chemicals pose.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Environmental Working Group (EWG) today launched an interactive online site featuring news and commentary, as well as a forum for a thought-provoking exchange of ideas on reforming the nation’s federal toxic chemicals policies. http://www.ewg.org/kid-safe-chemicals-act-blog

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News Release
Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Seventy-seven Harvard student volunteers experienced a nearly 70 percent increase in urinary levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a plastics component and synthetic estrogen linked to cancer, reproductive system damage and other serious conditions, after drinking cold beverages from BPA-laden polycarbonate bottles for just one week, according to researchers from Harvard University and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, March 23, 2009

It's simple, really. It is morally wrong that kids are born pre-polluted with hundreds of toxic chemicals. I know it, you know it. Shouldn't Congress know it?? We think so.

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Blog Post
Friday, March 13, 2009

Companies will have to provide more detailed disclosure of toxic chemicals they release into the environment under a little-noticed provision in the massive spending bill President Obama signed into law yesterday, reported Juliet Eilperin.

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Blog Post
Thursday, February 26, 2009

It is the federal law that industry loves and environmentalists love to hate, yet have been unable to reform since it was enacted a generation ago. But a congressional hearing convened today by Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois may signal the beginning of the end of a federal policy that has made it all but impossible for the government to protect the public health from toxic industrial chemicals.

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News Release
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Environmental Working Group (EWG) President Ken Cook today urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to support The Kid-Safe Chemicals Act, a proposed reform of U.S. toxic chemical controls to be reintroduced in coming weeks in both the House and Senate.

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News Release
Friday, January 23, 2009

In its 2009 ‘High Risk’ priority list released yesterday, the General Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a blistering indictment of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Bush-era lapses from its mandate to protect the public from toxic chemicals.

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News Release
Monday, December 22, 2008

This fall, EPA approved re-registration of antibacterial soap ingredient triclosan for yet another five years of use in consumer products, potentially leaving human and environmental health at great risk.

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EnviroBlog
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Monday, October 20, 2008

 

Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP)
Regulatory Public Docket (7502P)
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.
Washington, DC 20460-0001

October 20, 2008

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Friday, October 3, 2008

The nation’s top environmental enforcement agency has decided against regulating perchlorate, a component of solid rocket fuel that has been found in the drinking water of millions of Americans.

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News Release
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

On the same day Gov. Schwarzenegger touted himself as the leader of a comprehensive chemical reform program, he vetoed a bill that would have made California the first state to ban toxic chemicals known as PFCs – a family of compounds including Teflon – from food packaging.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The nation's toxic chemical regulatory law is broken and fails completely to protect children and other Americans from exposure to dangerous industrial compounds, experts will tell a Senate oversight committee today.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that carbofuran, already registered as a restricted use pesticide, poses dietary, worker and ecological risks.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

EWG issued a statement today at a public meeting held by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling on the government to include public health, consumer, and environmental organizations in upcoming industry-regulator meetings.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Amid rising concern over toxic chemicals in consumer products and the bodies of Americans, three members of Congress today introduced legislation to make sure chemicals are safe before they are allowed on the market. Read More
News Release
Thursday, May 1, 2008

EWG's Renee Sharp testifies to the California state Senate about the need to remove BPA and lead from children's products.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

In a welcome first step toward fundamental reforms to the way toxic chemicals are reviewed and then used in consumer products, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held its first oversight hearing this Congress looking into the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – the nation’s outdated, industry-friendly law that allows virtually any chemical to be used in commerce without first testing for safety.

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News Release
Friday, April 4, 2008

Three weeks after the launch of a major Congressional investigation into conflicts of interest compromising EPA expert review panels and the revelation that EPA, at the request of the chemical industry, had fired a career public health professional as chair of an important chemical safety review panel, EPA convened yet another panel with members linked to polluting industries.

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