In 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed and since then only 5 chemicals have been put on the banned list. There are 80,000 chemicals that the TSCA has inventoried, but the EPA has fallen behind in requiring testing and keeping track. There are no official criteria for a banned or restricted chemical but the impetus behind restricting it is of course human and environmental health concerns.
Recently, the Obama Administration declared that the TSCA should be strengthened and subsequently listed a “Essential Principles for Reform of Chemical Management Legislation”:
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