Safe Chemicals Act Could Reverse Burden Of Proof For Toxic Chemicals, Protect Children


From Lynn Peeples, The Huffington Post, Green

The numbers can overwhelm any parent, or parent-to-be.

Ninety-nine percent of pregnant American woman carry multiple manmade chemicals in their bodies, sharing that concoction through the umbilical cord. More than 80,000 chemicals permitted for use in the U.S. have never been fully tested for toxicity to humans, let alone children or fetuses. And 26 years have passed since U.S. lawmakers made any significant updates to the country’s regulation of toxic chemicals.

These were among the facts lamented by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics, and Environmental Health, along with other experts and advocates during a hearing on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s committee vote on toxic chemical reform. The proposed Safe Chemicals Act, first introduced by Sen. Lautenberg in 2005, would replace the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 to essentially reverse the burden of proof on chemical safety.

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Hidden Hazards Nursery

The average nursery hosts toxic chemicals that should be more tightly regulated, according to the nonprofit Washington Toxics Coalition. (Click to see larger image.) // Image source: The Huffington Post