Since the Toxic Substances Control Act became law in 1976, the number of chemicals in commercial production has grown from 60,000 to 80,000, but the Environmental Protection Agency has only tested 200. "TSCA seemed like a good law when it passed," EPA's Steve Owens said, "but it has numerous shortcomings that must be fixed to ensure that the chemicals people are exposed to are safe." "We're committed to modernizing the laws so consumers have confidence that chemicals are safe for their use," said Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council. He and others are concerned about the proposed new standards, questioning how manufacturers can scientifically determine the effects of cumulative exposure to one chemical, as people are exposed to many pollutants and chemicals.
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