In 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed by Congress, and it was supposed to give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to identify and regulate dangerous chemicals. The law was also supposed to require that the companies producing the chemicals give us enough information to assess the safety of their products in and around everyday items.
But the law “grandfathered in” 62,000 chemicals which were in use at the time it was enacted. The chemical companies could continue to sell those chemicals without safety testing, and most chemicals on the market today are among the original 62,000 – and have never been tested.
It’s time for serious reform in the Toxic Substances Control Act, and a new campaign by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), called I am Not a Guinea Pig, has the info you need in order to see that we need improvements to the current proposed bill and to let your representatives know that you care.
Protect All Americans From Toxic Chemicals
Toxic Chemicals Are Everywhere
There are ten of thousands of chemicals in your life, some of which can be harmful.
The Laws Aren’t Protecting Us
The current law, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, is old and ineffective.
You Can Help Change That
The Safe Chemicals Act of 2010, will help add important and necessary safeguards.
Because it’s high time that our kids are no longer guinea pigs for the chemical industry.