Navigation Links
Main U.S. Toxics Law Failing to Ensure Safety of Thousands of Chemicals

Congress Must Reform Ineffective 33-year-old Chemicals Law, Expert Testifies

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congress urgently needs to reform the nation's main chemicals law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976, because it has failed to ensure the safety of the tens of thousands of chemicals in commercial use and development. That is the conclusion of expert testimony provided at a hearing held today in the U.S. House of Representatives by a scientist who recently advised the toxics office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

"It doesn't take a scientist to realize that the Toxic Substances Control Act is badly broken," said Dr. Richard A. Denison, a senior scientist at Environmental Defense Fund and former member of the EPA's National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee (NPPTAC). "The now-daily barrage of headlines about the dangers posed by yet another chemical used in common consumer products - like the toxic flame retardants used in furniture that virtually all Americans now carry in their bodies - is a direct manifestation of the utter failure of our current chemicals policy."

Denison testified before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Other organizations testifying in support of major TSCA reform include the Learning Disabilities Association of America, the United Steelworkers and WE ACT for Environmental Justice (West Harlem Environmental Action).

"Congress needs to act now, lest the United States risk falling further behind the rest of the developed world, which has already taken steps to ensure the safety of the chemicals and chemical products we make and use every day," noted Denison. "Without prompt action, we also risk becoming a dumping ground for unsafe products produced elsewhere in the world."

Citing EPA's inability to use TSCA to restrict even highly dangerous chemicals such as asbestos and formaldehyde, Denison's testimony enumerated the law's key structural flaws, including that it:

  • Fails to provide EPA with adequate authority to require companies to test their chemicals so that unsafe - as well as safer - chemicals can be identified;
  • Forbids EPA from sharing much of the limited chemical information it does obtain; and
  • Imposes an essentially impossible burden on EPA to prove actual harm before it can initiate any action to control or replace a dangerous chemical.

"Our outmoded policy is directly responsible for perpetuating a chemicals economy that is dysfunctional, ill-informed and unable to distinguish a dangerous chemical from a safe one," concluded Denison. "A top-to-bottom overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act is essential to establish a market that is driven by knowledge rather than ignorance and uncertainty, and that rewards innovation toward safer chemicals and products."

Denison noted Environmental Defense Fund's support last year of the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act (H.R. 6100/S. 3040), which embodies the major elements of needed TSCA reforms.

Click here to view Denison's testimony.

Environmental Defense Fund, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 500,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems. For more information, visit

    Contact:  Jennifer Andreassen, 202-572-3387,

SOURCE Environmental Defense Fund
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Dr. Jane L. Delgado Appointed By Senate Majority Leader to Board of National Urban Air Toxics Research Center
2. Federal toxics disclosure law could help inform public of nanotechnology risks
3. Quitting Smoking Saves Lives and Money: New American Lung Association Report Finds Most States Failing to Adequately Protect Residents and Their Bottom Line
4. Federal Government Receives Failing Grades on Tobacco Control in Annual American Lung Association Report
5. Mock drills boost child resuscitation skills in failing adult emergency rooms
6. President Obama & Congress Act to Ensure Access to Compassionate End-of-Life Care for Patients & Families
7. ANSI Seeks Funding to Ensure that Electronic Health Records Will Support Clinical Research Activities
8. New test may help to ensure that dengue vaccines do no harm
9. Psoriasis Cure Now launches to Ensure That Medical Research is Part of Stimulus Bill
10. Dr. Molly Gunsaulis Offers Parents the Chance to Ensure Their Child's Future Health by Saving Stem Cells from Baby Teeth
11. Project 515 Proposes Legislation to Ensure Equality During Times of Illness and Death
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Lizzie’s Lice Pickers just announced ... offering customers 10% off of their purchase of lice treatment product. In addition, customers ... According to a company spokesperson. “Finding lice is a sure way to ruin the ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... MPWH, the No.1 Herpes-only dating community in the world, revealed that ... ). More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 – or 67% ... WHO's first global estimates of HSV-1 infection . , "The data shocks us highly!" ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... A simply groundbreaking television series, ... interesting show that delves into an array of issues that are presently affecting Americans. ... from open dialogue, this show is changing the subjects consumers focus on, one episode ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded accreditation to its Diagnostic ... list of CAAHEP accredited colleges, as only one of twelve colleges and universities in ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... Avid collector, Andrew Hawley from Vintage Rock Posters, announces ... This is one of Joplin's most famous and beautiful concert posters. The concert was ... in Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, "It is hard to believe that Joplin's ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... November 27, 2015 ... --> Medical alert ... system (PERS) market is expected ... years with APAC being the ... see a high CAGR between ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... UTRECHT, the Netherlands , November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ...   A new combination approach blends immunotherapy ... --> A new combination approach blends immunotherapy with ... A new combination approach blends immunotherapy with ... the Netherlands has found that immunotherapy ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Research and Markets ( ) has announced ... Outlook to 2019 - Rise in Cardiac Disorders and Growing ... to their offering. Boston ... scientific and others. --> The market ... Boston scientific and others. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: