In December, for the first time since the Toxic Substances Control Act was adopted in 1976, EPA proposed to create a list of chemicals that present “an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment.” Although the list is not a legal ban, an EPA spokesman said it does serve as a signal to the marketplace that the agency wants these substances phased out. Since then, EPA has developed “action plans” for phthalates, flame retardants, Bisphenol A (known as BPA) and benzidine dyes, among other chemicals. The action plans call for a quick government evaluation, followed by a likely phase-out, restrictions on use, or a ban. Businesses say being on the list unfairly stigmatizes them and opens them up to legal liability. They also maintain that their products are safe.
via Chemical ‘Warfare’: Who’s Who and What’s at Stake – Politics Daily