Doctors Call for Increased Regulation of Chemicals, Toxic Substances

Doctors Call for Increased Regulation of Chemicals, Toxic SubstancesThere have been tens of thousands of new chemicals introduced over the past decades and some doctor groups say that they are not being properly regulated.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in a recent statement that America’s chemical management policies need to be overhauled. According to a release from the group, the primary law on the federal level that regulates chemicals is the the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has not been drastically updated since it was passed in 1976.

“[The TSCA] is widely recognized to have been ineffective in protecting children, pregnant women and the general population from hazardous chemicals in the marketplace,” the AAP said in a policy statement. “It does not take into account the special vulnerabilities of children in attempting to protect the population from chemical hazards.”

According to the AAP’s statement, the TSCA is so ineffective that since it has been introduced, it has only been able to regulate five chemicals or chemical classes of the thousands that are in use.

USA Today reports that Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 this month. It is reportedly the fourth time Lautenberg has tried to improve chemical regulation.