Saturday, February 9, 2013

New Green Rules In California Take Safe Chemicals Out Of Use

At this rate the only thing that will be deemed safe will be....nothing.  Another great article I got through junkscience.com


The latest proposal will establish a list of "candidate chemicals" that the DTSC may eventually list as "concern chemicals."

The candidates list, which regulators say will exceed an earlier estimate of 1,200, will include substances that fit within certain politically derived categories — not because of any evidence that existing uses are likely to pose significant risks.

It is likely that the mere listing as a "candidate" and/or "concern" can demonize these chemicals even though existing consumer exposures are far too low to pose any real risk.

For example, hundreds of useful chemicals will be listed because massive doses produce tumors in rodents.

But it is the dose that makes the poison. Even broccoli, carrots, and other healthy foods cause tumors in rodents exposed to high doses, but we don't need to list them as potentially dangerous.

Regulators will also develop a list of "priority products" — those that the government may regulate because they use one or more "candidate chemicals."

Woe to the entrepreneur who worked tirelessly to develop a product that ends up on this list. His or her life work may be destroyed as the product is unfairly deemed dangerous.

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