18 Oct '11, 7pm

The #chemical industry has effectively prevented the EPA from achieving its mission to protect public health.

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is in desperate need of reform. Its weaknesses have allowed chemical companies to exploit the act by thwarting the EPA's attempts to finalize health assessments and delaying regulation of chemicals -- sometimes for decades. The chemical industry's roadblocks often follow predictable patterns: Attack early drafts of health assessments Force new reviews Hold workshops populated with industry-funded panelists Introduce new industry-funded studies when assessments are close to final Force more reviews Enlist elected officials to assist with political interference Attack new assessment drafts Using these tactics, the chemical industry has effectively prevented the EPA from achieving its mission to protect human health. This report details how the U.S. legal system and TSCA itself have helped the chemical industry to be effective in its ef...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/health/thedelaygame.asp

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