The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a statement yesterday, warning that children and pregnant mothers are being exposed to tens of thousands of potentially hazardous chemicals and that the Environmental Protection Agency needs to take immediate action for their regulation:
“The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for an overhaul of the nation’s chemical management policy because the current system fails to protect children and pregnant women, who are most vulnerable to hazardous chemical exposures. Over the past few decades, tens of thousands of new chemicals have been introduced into the environment, often in extremely large quantities. But the primary federal law that governs chemical management in the U.S. – the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) – has not undergone any meaningful revision since it was first passed in 1976, and since then, the TSCA has been used to regulate only five chemicals or chemical classes.”
Other medical organizations, including the AMA, the Children’s Health Advocacy Institute, the American Nurses’ Association and the American Public Health Association, have all issued similar statements criticizing the gravely flawed TSCA and calling for its overhaul.
Under current TSCA law, countless potential toxins are un- or under-regulated, including common items that have become part of most children and adults’ everyday lives: food additives, pesticides, dental resins, BPA-free alternative plastics, dyes and common construction materials.
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