29 May '16, 5pm

The Importance of Healthier Building Materials

The U.S. has, unfortunately, been very lax on proper regulation and enforcement of chemicals that go into products. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA ) is the nation’s primary safe chemicals act. It was implemented in 1976, but has become widely recognized as an inadequate system of regulation for ensuring that chemicals are safe. It grandfathered the 80,000 chemicals that were on the market in the 1970’s, but in thirty years only a few hundred have been tested. TSCA does not require chemical companies to prove that the chemicals they make are safe before they end up in products. In fact, manufacturers routinely keep basic information a secret, making it difficult for the consumer to make informed choices because there is no regulation on product transparency. As of March 2015, the Senate passed its reform legislation of TSCA, updating the law. It has yet to be determ...

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