Did you know that more than 80,000 chemicals available in the U.S. have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and on the environment? I don't know about you, but I don't like being a guinea pig, and I don't like my children to be guinea pigs, either. Together, we can fight toxins. Sign the petition to reform TSCA today to help us get to 100,000 signatures.
Why the TSCA Needs Reform
In 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed. It has never been updated, unlike most other major environmental laws. Currently, the EPA must prove that a chemical poses an “unreasonable risk” to public health or the environment before it is regulated. Because of these guidelines, 62,000 chemicals were allowed to remain on the market without testing when the law was first past. Since TSCA was passed in 1976, the EPA has only required testing for around 200 of those chemicals, and partially regulated 5. The rest were never even assessed for toxic effects.
Since 1976, an additional 22,000 chemicals have been introduced my chemical manufacturers; these manufacturers were not required to provide health or environmental impacts to the EPA. These chemicals are found in cleaning and personal car products, toys and other children's items, food and beverage containers, fabrics, furniture, electronics, car interiors, and building materials—items and products that we and our families come into contact with every day.
Over the years, scientists have linked varying types of toxic chemical exposure to many health risks including cancer, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects, and more.
Essentially, this 37-year-old law is outdated; and that needs to be changed. We need the TSCA to pass a meaningful reform to protect our families and the environment.
Meaningful Chemical reform:
- Should protect the most vulnerable among us, including pregnant women, children, workers and communities who are disproportionately exposed to chemicals.
- Should require public access to information regarding the safety of chemicals.
- Must respect the rights of states to protect their residents when the federal government fails to do so.
- Should require the Environmental Protection Agency to take fast action on the most harmful chemicals and include specific timetables for such regulatory actions.
Help Make a Change to the TSCA
Seventh Generation is working to push a a reform to TSCA that will have all of these chemicals studied, evaluated, and tested. Together we can stand up for safer chemicals. Join me and thousands of others by signing the petition to reform the TSCA at FightToxins.com.