Maine Healthy Children's Project
Federal Toxic Substances Control Act Needs Updating Now
Do you think all products on store shelves are safe? Think again.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the main law that regulates chemicals used in everyday products, is badly broken and does not protect the health of our families. Under our current law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, passed in 1976:
- 62,000 chemicals were grandfathered without any testing requirements;
- only 200 of these chemicals have been fully tested for their health and safety;
- only five chemicals over the last 35 years have been even partially restricted; and
- under TSCA not even the highly carcinogenic asbestos could be bannedi
Our nation's chemical safety system is badly broken, but there is finally some good news. New bills before Congress have the potential to better protect all families from toxic chemicals in products and provide much needed information to families and businesses - and that's good for all of us. We will continue to track these bills and share updates with you.
We deserve to have safe products. That is LDA of Maine continues to work on state and federal policies to protect your health. Learn more on our Facebook page. Together, we can fight for safer products now.
iAsbestos, under current law, did not meet the unrealistic burden of proof that the substance posed an "unreasonable risk" and was only banned in certain due to law suits