Reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act
Today, nearly 80,000 chemicals are in use in the U.S., and yet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates only five of these. The Toxic Substances Control Act or TSCA -- the statute that regulates chemicals used by industry and in consumer products - is inadequate to protect children’s health, while the number of chemicals to which we expose our children continues to grow. It is time to renew our commitment to and strengthen our national approach to regulating chemicals to assure that human health is protected. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the legislation and recommends principles and policies that should be used as a framework for a modernized TSCA.