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01/05/2010 12:02 PM     print story email story  

Secrecy in the US Chemical Industry News

Yesterday we reported that the US Environmental Protection Agency is adding to a "Chemicals of Concern" list in an effort to begin updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

An in-depth Washington Post story looks at the scope of toxic threats in the environment from 84,000 chemicals in commercial use in the US.

A federal policy designed to protect trade secrets in the chemical industry has been over-used in recent years, such that regulators, researchers and consumers are unaware of the chemicals to which they may be exposed in everyday products--let alone their possible health effects.

About 700 chemicals are introduced each year, with companies requesting some level of secrecy on 95% of these. 

Read the full report at the link below.


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