WASHINGTON – Today the Environmental Protection Agency released its list of 10 priority chemicals. Here is a statement from Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs:
"Chemicals that are so dangerous that they have been placed on the EPA’s top 10 list have no place being on the market.
Consumers and workers should not have to wait five years or more for the EPA to complete reviews and regulations. Manufacturers should act now to replace these chemicals with safer alternatives.
We applaud the EPA for releasing this list ahead of schedule and for taking other steps to implement the nation’s new chemical safety law. While this is an important milestone, this list is just the first 10 of 1,000 chemicals in need of urgent EPA review.
What's more, many of the hazardous chemicals in consumer products, including cosmetics, are not regulated by the EPA, but instead the Food and Drug Administration. Congress should act swiftly to update the laws regulating these chemicals to ensure that these everyday products are safe."