Chemical Industry Gives Support to Reform

Posted by Trish Riley, August 13, 2009

I like the way this looks and sounds. Is the chemical industry suggesting that it has seen the writing on the wall, and realizes that some of its products are dangerous to health and safety, so they want to clean up their act? Wouldn’t that be refreshing? That is exactly what needs to happen in the chemical industry before we will achieve a sustainable planet, and sooner or later it will happen, or we’ll just drown in our toxic stew of contaminated water, soil and air. It’s true we’ve seen massive changes in the past few years toward sustainability, so it is not impossible to believe that this could be the next one. What a relief if indeed it is. I like the old adage: “Trust but verify.” Let’s keep an eye on this and see how it develops.

In a reversal, chemical industry leaders said last week they are joining environmentalists, public health groups and consumer advocates in seeking more robust federal regulation of chemicals.

For the first time, chemical manufacturers said they are willing to furnish the Environmental Protection Agency with health and exposure data they have gathered that are related to their chemicals, and to allow the agency to determine whether the chemicals are safe to use.

They said tougher government regulation is the best way to reassure consumers about the health impact of various chemicals.

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