The Toxic Substances Control Act allows the EPA to require reporting, record-keeping and testing requirements, and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures. The EPA has been tasked with identifying 10 high-risk chemicals to be reviewed. There have been several groups approaching the EPA with recommendations of chemicals or substances used heavily in certain industries.
The top 7 chemicals who could be put on the EPA’s watch list include:
- Asbestos. Although heavily regulated, asbestos is still used in auto brake pads, tiles and even roofing shingles. Before demolishing or renovating an older home or office, make sure you get an asbestos inspection. Disturbing asbestos-containing materials will release fibers into the air and expose employees.
- Fire Retardants. This includes chlorinated retardants used in furniture and insulation, as well as brominated retardants used in auto parts and electronics.
- 1-bromopropane. This chemical is known to cause birth defects and cancer. However it is still used in many adhesive products and aerosol cleaners.
- Bisphenol-a. This is commonly found in food containers. It can also be fond in cash register receipts.
- Glyphosate. The agriculture industry uses this chemical quite often because of it’s weed-killing properties.
- Phthalates. This chemical can be found in PVC plastic and childrens’ toys.
- Tetrachloroethylene. Known as “Perc”, it is used to make dry cleaning fluid, spot removers and water repellents. Coincidentally, many Superfund site cleanups are due to perc spills and contamination.
The Environmental Watch Group is requesting that the EPA consider placing these chemicals and substances high on the priority list. The Environmental Watch Group is a non-profit organization that aids in the research of harmful contaminants in many consumer products.
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