From The Huffington Post :
On August 10, 2011 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote an article in the Huffington Post about the need to modernize the TSCA. Below is an excerpt from the article:
Back in 1976, Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a law that was meant to give the EPA the tools to research and regulate chemicals found in everyday products from shampoos, to sippy cups, to shower curtains. Nearly 40 years later only 5 chemicals have been successfully regulated.
I have read too many studies and reports that have found toxic chemicals in everyday products. Since TSCA became law, we have seen an unacceptable rise in cases of childhood cancers, learning disabilities, birth defects, asthma, allergies, autism and infertility. Our children are being exposed to these toxic chemicals before they are even born. Umbilical cord blood samples show exposure to over 200 chemicals ranging from BPA, which is found in plastic bottles, flame retardants, which are used in TV’s and furniture, and PCB’s, a known-carcinogen that remains in our soil and water.
It is clear that TSCA has failed, and we need to fix it.
For the full article, visit the above link.