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Law Says Don't List Chemicals If It Hurts Corporate Profits

Posted: November 29, 2012 |   Comments

Chemical manufacturers' trade secrets take precedence over safety in the United States. That's not mere speculation. It's the law. The 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) supposedly requires chemical companies to inform the government of any new chemicals they're planning to market. There is, though, a loophole that's bigger than the regulation itself. If a corporation claims that disclosure might harm profits, then they're excused from the requirement!

Since the TSCA came into effect, a full two-thirds of all new chemicals marketed have been stamped as trade secrets. So, we have no idea what's in products. We cannot find out any information of any sort about these chemicals, including what products they're in, how they could harm our health, or what hazards they might produce, such as explosions or gassing out into the air we breathe.

Only a handful of EPA employees have access to the TSCA list. It is illegal for them to provide information on it to anyone, including healthcare workers for emergencies, legal claims, or any other situation you might imagine.

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