Senator Lautenberg Convenes a Hearing on Children’s Exposures to Chemicals


Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) convened a hearing this week of a Senate subcommittee on "Toxic Chemicals and Children’s Environmental Health".  This follows a number of hearings this Congress has already held on modernizing the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 

The hearing witnesses included EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN and a variety of other interested parties. The witnesses stated that TSCA was too lax given the relatively low number of restricted chemicals and test rules out of the large number of inventory chemicals.  Rising incidence rates of autism and childhood cancers were mentioned as possibly being linked to industrial chemicals.  The vulnerabilities of born and unborn children were also addressed in relation to a lack of information available to consumers and regulators.

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