Chemical ‘Warfare’: Who’s Who and What’s at Stake

Posted by erauch, October 17, 2010
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

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