In a word no, we are not protected in the way you think. Many people think the EPA, the government, and in general our laws protect us from toxic chemicals. I have spoken to countless parents who say “they would not be able to sell it if was dangerous.” Here are the facts and story behind why that statement is false.
What laws protect us? One of the major laws that protects us from toxic chemicals is the Toxic Substances Reform Act (TSCA) was written and passed in 1976. When the law was passed there were about 60,000 chemicals used in the country. Only 200 of the original 60,000 chemicals were tested for safety as result of TSCA. The fact you may find shocking is that only 5 of those chemicals had restrictions placed on them. [Read more...]