Update Laws Regulating Toxic Chemicals
The most recent major act of Congress to control toxic substances was the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. The EPA has only collected sufficient health and safety data for about 200 of more than 80,000 chemicals that are on the market, and has restricted certain uses of just five chemicals. Weaknesses in the law have left the EPA largely unable to act on known health dangers or require testing on specific chemicals that may be unsafe. This is problematic because through various mechanisms, toxic chemicals can cause a long list of health problems, including direct damage to the lungs, liver, kidney, bones, blood, brain and other nerves, and the reproductive systems. Hundreds of adverse health effects can arise from exposures to chemicals or metals. So what can you do about it?
Learn About your chemical body burden, which is the amount of chemicals that are present in your body.
Check Out the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013, "to ensure that risks from chemicals are adequately understood and managed."
Support organizations working to promote laws that better regulate toxic chemicals and that protect us from environmental toxins.