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The reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) gives EPA important new authorities to tackle the problem of toxic chemicals. For the first time, there are also enforceable deadlines and schedules for EPA work on chemicals as well as dedicated funding from fees paid by industry. The pace of change will be slow, however. There are some unnecessary activities required that will divert resources and there are some loopholes in the law. State authority is unduly infringed under the bill, but enough is preserved that states can still take the lead in public health interventions for many if not most, chemicals.
Here’s a list of chemicals linked to serious environmental and health problems, including cancer and reproductive disorders. Check out our fact sheets which draw from the leading peer-reviewed science.
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
- Heavy Metals: Mercury, Arsenic, and Lead
- Hexavalent Chromium
- Methylene chloride
- N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP)
- PCBs and DDT
- Perfluorinated Compounds
- Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic Chemicals (PBTs)
- Toxic Flame Retardants (PBDEs)
- Toxic Flame Retardants (TDCP and TCEP)
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Vinyl Chloride