The new chemical safety law gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency more authority to regulate hazardous chemicals in consumer products. However, with thousands of chemicals on the market, most of which were never tested for safety, which should the EPA review first?
The Environmental Working Group released a list of chemicals on Thursday that it recommends the EPA should act quickly on. It includes chemicals in products Americans use every day – detergents and household cleaners, clothes, mattresses, furniture, toys, and kids’ jewelry.
“After decades of stagnation, the EPA can now ban or restrict the use of toxic chemicals, and order companies to conduct safety testing when more information is needed,” said EWG Senior Scientist David Andrews. “It's important that the agency act promptly to eliminate or reduce Americans’ exposure to industrial compounds linked to cancer, birth defects, hormone disruption, and other health problems.”