18 Apr '11, 5pm

Is the U.S. Ready to Retool Regulation of Suspect Chemicals?: Senators have unveiled the Safe Chemicals Act of 2...

Everyday, the average American adult uses nine personal care products containing roughly 125 different ingredients, according to health and environmental watchdogs. Normally, this wouldn't raise so many concerns, but they say we live in a country that lacks a proper system to regulate chemicals and so unhealthy substances may be found in the products we use. In an attempt to address this issue, Sens. Frank Lautenberg, Barbara Boxer, Amy Klobuchar and Charles Schumer — all Democrats — last week introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, an updated and revised version of Sen. Lautenberg's failed 2010 bill. The Safe Chemicals Act is designed to replace the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has resulted in the banning of just nine toxic ingredients since it was passed in 1976. "The 1976 law acts on the presumption that chemicals should be innocent until proven guilty,...

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