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Pediatricians Warn EPA is Not Protecting U.S. Kids from Thousands of Toxins

Pediatricians Warn EPA is Not Protecting U.S. Kids from Thousands of Toxins

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 resinsBPA-free alternative plastics, dyes and common construction materials


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8:48PM PDT on May 3, 2011

Thank the repubathugs for the mess, then have them pay to clean it up.

8:32PM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

The politicians find saving the unborn and obstructing women's rights worth more attention than pregnant women's health and that of the born.

10:59AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

Terrible, but comes as no surprise since the EPA is slipping in its responsibilities.

9:41AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

just horrible

7:40AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

Martin S. Start a petition for this. I and many others would sign this. In fact, I don't know anyone, except a politician who would not sign this.

7:37AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

Government is owned by businesses. Businesses do not care about people, they care about profit. Greed is more important than being moral. Give an elected official enough money and they will kill however many people it takes. What a shame.

We need to watch where the money is going. Fact check and then vote the ba@#ards out. But, let them know that you know why they do, what they do. If we do it enough, maybe at some point, we may find someone that is in government for the people that elected him/her.

5:38AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011


1:47AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

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12:49AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

Keep in mind many industries pay their scientists quite a large sum to keep this information hush hush, or to even refute it. I agree we Diane, sign the petition.

10:21PM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

Why do we have to beg the government and businesses to do the right thing?

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