January 11, 2010

Secret chemicals are out

I've been seeing this issue for days now and I might as well put it out before it disappears (which is probably unlikely!).

A recent report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which spurred the publication of a Washington Post article, talked about 17,000 chemicals that are being kept secret (their names and properties) from the public under the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Confidential Business Information (CBI) claims.

Under the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EWG said the chemical industry has been allowed to stamp this “trade secret” claim on the identity of two-thirds of all chemicals introduced to the market in the last 27 years.

EWG said this chemical secrecy presents real threats to human health and the environment.

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