Tell the EPA: Stop the toxic chemicals that have replaced BPA
In 2008, consumers across the country were outraged that EPA was allowing the endocrine disruptor BPA in our kids’ toys.
Thanks to the public outcry, plastic containers from sippy cups to Tupperware now offer BPA-free alternatives. Unfortunately, that victory isn’t looking so great anymore.
New studies have found that many of those "BPA-free" plastics contain other chemicals that are just as bad -- or worse -- than BPA. These replacement chemicals can interfere with hormone signaling and show the potential to damage DNA.
Just as alarming, two years ago, the EPA quietly withdrew rules that would classify plastic toxics like BPA and alternatives as "chemicals of concern," making them subject to more regulation. Now that we have even more evidence about the dangers of estrogenic chemicals in plastics, it’s time for the EPA to finally protect us from their dangers, not keep sweeping them under the rug.
Tell the EPA: Protect us from dangerous plastics chemicals like BPA and its replacements.
The real problem here is the deeply flawed and outdated 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, which gets our safety standards backwards by presuming that chemicals are safe until proven otherwise. That’s why more than 80,000 chemicals are approved for use but have never been tested for their effects on our health.
This results in a dangerous “toxic shell game” where corporations that are under pressure to remove chemicals known to be dangerous chemicals from their products to simply replace them with less-known ones, which may turn out to be just as dangerous.
Unfortunately, Congressional action is required to change the Toxic Substances Control Act. That’s highly unlikely in this congress.
But the EPA can step in right now and ensure that chemical companies can’t keep swapping one toxic chemical for another. One of the rules the EPA withdrew two years ago would have closed a major loophole that lets companies keep the results of their health and safety studies private by claiming they contain “confidential business information.” That information needs to be public so that the EPA can begin to evaluate which chemicals are safe and which need to be regulated or removed from the market.
Tell the EPA: Don’t let chemical companies put toxins in the plastics our families use.
Our public pressure was enough to make a major dent in the use of BPA. Unfortunately that was just a bandaid on a larger problem. And the EPA can take the first step right now to protect our health from all dangerous plastics chemicals.
Thanks for standing up for our safety.