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Helena Independent Record: Will The Real Health Advocates Please Stand Up?
January 7, 2010, 11:22 am
Filed under: News

Women’s Vocies for the Earth editorial on the industry front group that threatens to disrupt efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act.

A couple of weeks ago in Helena, a table was set up in the Capitol by a group called the Coalition for Chemical Safety. The coalition said they were troubled with the current federal toxic chemical law, and were recruiting new concerned citizens. All pretty normal, except that just last month this coalition was discovered to be a front group for the chemical industry.
The chemical industry, including the American Chemistry Council, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates and the Soap and Detergent Association, has been fighting controls of chemicals for years. Even as the industry has created and produced more and more chemicals over the years, with very little safety requirements, they have fought creating tighter standards to protect the health of consumers and families.
As a result, the national law we currently have, the Toxic Substances Control Act, hasn’t been updated since 1976. All chemicals formulated prior to 1976 have been grandfathered into use without proper safety testing. Of the 80,000 chemicals currently used and produced in the U.S., only 200 have been required to be tested.

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