Toxic Substances Control Act Archives - State of the Planet

Scott Pruitt and the Chemical Industry Collude to Deregulate Toxic Chemicals

The persistence of toxic chemicals and substances like plastics throughout the biosphere has impacts that are not yet well understood and may be very difficult to predict.

by |June 11, 2018

Miracle on the Potomac: The New Bipartisan Law Regulating Toxics

The new law is far from perfect, but it is a major improvement over the ineffectual 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. Under that law, only five of the over 80,000 chemicals now in use have been banned or substantially restricted in use.

by |May 31, 2016

Revising the Toxic Substances Out-of-Control Act

An unregulated chemical industry is an invitation for disaster. Fortunately, there is at least one place in America where regulation of toxic chemicals is taken seriously—California (of course).

by |June 29, 2015

Toxic Chemicals All Around Us: Is Green Chemistry the Answer?

We live in a world filled with synthetic chemicals, many with known or suspected health hazards. Can green chemistry, the design of chemical products without hazardous substances, provide a solution?

by |December 8, 2014