Smart discussion about toxics policy reform

EPA Moves on “Chemicals of Concern”

It’s good to see the issue of reforming toxic chemicals regulation getting widespread coverage in a variety of media. Just this week (Jan. 11), Scientific American magazine published on its website a good account by author Lizzie Grossman of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) year-end decision to create a list of “chemicals of concern” that could result in new controls over four classes of substances that turn up in a wide variety of consumer products.

Grossman, author of Chasing Molecules, an engrossing exploration of the risks posed by many synthetic chemicals and the potential of “green chemistry” to find safer alternatives, writes that EPA’s action marks “the first time … the EPA has made such a move” since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976.

EWG certainly applauds the decisive action by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson — even as we continue to press for Congressional action to rewrite TSCA, The 1976 act, Grossman points out, “has proved a cumbersome instrument for regulating hazardous chemicals.


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