Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families posted this helpful article. http://www.saferchemicals.org/dont-be-duped/index.html (Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is a coalition of diverse groups united by their common concern about toxic chemicals in our homes, places of work, and products we use every day.)
In the article, we learn about what advocates and industry want regarding toxic chemical reform in the USA.
Here are some key points:
What Advocates Want vs. What the Chemical Industry Wants
1. Advocates want ALL CHEMICALS to be proved safe before being allowed into commerce.
The industry believes only priority chemicals defined by the EPA should be tested and considered for tighter regulation. The public would be left in the dark about the others. Sound familiar?
2. Advocates believe chemicals the EPA has already defined as likely hazardous should be regulated now.
The industry wants new risk assessments and more studies before any regulation.
3. Advocates believe chemicals should be studied to assess the cumulative effect of exposure to multiple chemicals simultaneously.
The industry believes the health effects of only some chemicals should be studied, each in isolation and from one source at a time.
They Advise Us to Be on the Lookout for This Group:
The Coalition for Chemical Safety. They have the website with claims to be made up of “People like you”. Well, a look at their membership list shows it to be heavily populated by industry.