Washington Post Reports: Toxic Chemicals Kept Secret By LAW!

by 12 January 11, 2010 0 Comments

Toxic Although this article is general regarding the products it talks about, the issue is the same as the "fragrance" and Dirty Dozen issue for personal care products.  In the 1970s, many regulations were drafted to protect employees, where chemicals are dumped, landfill and waterway rules, etc.  However, except for a few chemicals (including asbestos, PCBs, CFCs, lead in paint and some chromium compounds) there are few restrictions protecting us from the chemicals used in creating the products themselves!

The following Washington Post article written in the past week or so outlines some of the regulations that need to be re-thought since they were put into place in the 1970s.

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 4, 2010

Of the 84,000 chemicals in commercial use in the United States -- from flame retardants in furniture to household cleaners -- nearly 20 percent are secret, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, their names and physical properties guarded from consumers and virtually all public officials under a little-known federal provision.

The policy was designed 33 years ago to protect trade secrets in a highly competitive industry. But critics -- including the Obama administration -- say the secrecy has grown out of control, making it impossible for regulators to control potential dangers or for consumers to know which toxic substances they might be exposed to.  Click Here to Read the Rest of the Article.

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