petition for fewer endocrine disruptor:
Right now it is still legal for manufacturers to use:
Flame retardants, linked to reproductive damage, in crib mattresses and couches.
Formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen, in clothing and building materials.
Phthalates, linked to birth defects,
used to soften plastics in lunch boxes, backpacks and binders, for instance.
PFCs, some also suspected carcinogens,
used in nonstick cookware, clothing and carpeting.
I could go on and on: 62,000 chemicals on the market in 1976
-- still the majority of those in use today --
were grandfathered in under TSCA without proof of safety.
Since then, 23,000 more new chemicals have been allowed to enter the market
without rigorous testing. We may think that
because something is on the shelves of our stores,
it's been shown to be safe. We are mistaken.
And what's all this got to do with air pollution?
Many of these toxic chemicals "off-gas" -- they drift into the air in our homes and workplaces, and contaminate the dust on the floor where our babies crawl. We breathe them into our bodies.
aq.pol/healthcare/petition for fewer endocrine disruptor:
. Support strong toxics legislation
I am writing today to urge you to protect our families
from toxic chemical exposures.
Because of deficiencies in the 37-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act, the vast majority of the tens of thousands chemicals in use in the United States today have never been tested for their toxicity to humans or the environment. I am deeply concerned about potential impacts of these untested chemicals on my health and the health of my family. We need reform now.
Please support strong legislation that truly protects vulnerable populations, such as babies and children, from the health effects of toxic chemical exposures.