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Use of Potentially Harmful Chemicals Kept Secret Under Law

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posted on Jan, 4 2010 @ 12:24 PM
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Use of Potentially Harmful Chemicals Kept Secret Under Law


www.washingtonpost.com

Of the 84,000 chemicals in commercial use in the United States - from flame retardants in furniture to household cleaners - nearly 20 percent are secret, …under a little-known federal provision.

The policy was designed 33 years ago to protect trade secrets in a highly competitive industry. But critics ...say the secrecy has grown out of control, making it impossible for regulators to control potential dangers or for consumers to know which toxic substances they might be exposed to.
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posted on Jan, 4 2010 @ 12:24 PM
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Specifically:



Under the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, …the law exempts from public disclosure any information that could harm (manufacturers) bottom line.


So. Almost 17,000 synthetic chemicals are used secretly in our food packaging, cleaners, shampoos, lotions, furniture, carpets, flooring and a whole bunch of other things we eat, touch and breathe around.

But we're not allowed to know those chemicals are there because if we did know, we might complain or boycott the products or godforbid sue, and cut into the manufacturers profits.

What a surprise. (Not.) Profits before people. Again.

I'm thinking public health should be a priority, at least - if not the environment and the health of our home planet's biosphere.

Duh.

And oh yeah. It's pretty clear that chemical exposures cause infectious prions to mutate, adapt and evolve. Nifty strategy. (Not.)


ALSO NOTE:



In the past several years, 95 percent of the notices for new chemicals sent to the government requested some secrecy, according to the Government Accountability Office. About 700 chemicals are introduced annually.



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posted on Jan, 4 2010 @ 12:31 PM
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Starred and Flagged, this is really NOT in out best interest. Time to revise such idiotic laws.



posted on Jan, 4 2010 @ 12:47 PM
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No Wonder Pizza Hut can get away with Silicone in their cheese


S&F for you!



posted on Jan, 4 2010 @ 12:47 PM
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I love the way you are suprised that profit comes before people. If it was any other way then guess what ? No one would ever need a mortgage, because every family would be payed enough to live free of loan companies and government handouts. No one , would get assaulted because a rapist got out of jail on parole, the filth would be left inside to rot, sure, its more expensive but its safer for honest folks.
If people ever came before profits, then every soldier would be wearing full body powered armour (the tech exists but no one wants to front up the cash), capable of repelling landmines bullets and rpgs. Every vehicle would have a nuke proof body and windows. If people came before profits, then for the benifit of mankind, all energy production would be renewable , and cars would all run on water (and do it well mind you).
The only reason we arent in utopia , is because money is more important to some folks (the powerful ones) than it ought to be. But that isnt new information.



posted on Jan, 4 2010 @ 12:59 PM
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here is a website that gives really good info about products we use..
comseticdatabase.com . yuo can type in a soap, shampoo, conditoner, toothpaste, mouthwash, shaving stuff, it breaks it down chemically, and on right, ltets ya know what it did to lab rats and/or what its known as aka carrcinogen, carrier for carccinogens*



posted on Jan, 4 2010 @ 10:54 PM
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All of these mega corporations are inherently inhumane scum-like entities.




Recipe for world peace:

add international corporations to a small uninhabited island
mix with lobbyists, lawyers, politicians, & bankers

serve dosed in gasoline, flamed to perfection.

enjoy!



posted on Feb, 7 2010 @ 02:10 PM
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UPDATE: Seven Managers Facing Criminal Charges in Contamination War



The ongoing Contamination War between the wood and plastic pallet manufactures has drawn the attention of environmental groups and agencies, legislative action, and continuous marketing tactics designed to afflict maximum damage.

IFCO Systems: Seven Managers Facing Criminal Charges

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a tougher stance on confidentiality claims that allow firms to prevent the names of chemicals identified as potential health risks being made available to the public.

EPA targets chemical confidentiality loopholes




Nearly 17,000 chemicals remain corporate secrets – even the EPA doesn't know what they are



posted on Feb, 7 2010 @ 02:13 PM
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Star and Flag Soficrow.
I had my theories, and you just provided the proof.
Much thanks for your research and effort.



posted on Feb, 7 2010 @ 03:13 PM
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Prior to the year 1950 Autism was unheard of.

Need we wonder why?

From: www.commondreams.org...
"The identities of the chemicals are known to a handful of EPA employees who are legally barred from sharing that information with other federal officials, state health and environmental regulators, foreign governments, emergency responders and the public."

"Legally Barred!?

This is beyond words outrageous.
So if you reveal information on a substance that is killing people you go to jail?



posted on Feb, 7 2010 @ 03:23 PM
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If the FDA and EPA would regularly and randomly test our products and do chemical analysis on them to protect us as they should they would know what is in these chemicals.

If doctors were required to contact them with issues regarding such products they could respond with information gained from said chemical analysis.

This would stop them from putting chemicals in that they don't tell us or the FDA and EPA about.

I bet they put chemicals in that they don't even tell these secret EPA guys about. No one tests the stuff so they get away with it.

For example, after allergic reactions Yogurt and Candy makers were forced to put in the ingredients something they were leaving out. And after they were forced to include this in their ingredients they still don't put the actual name of the Beetle (that's right they are using bugs, their eggs and wings just to make your strawberry yogurt pink) they put in for coloring. They put "colored with Carnine" in the ingredients.



posted on Feb, 7 2010 @ 03:35 PM
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Originally posted by OhZone
Prior to the year 1950 Autism was unheard of.

Need we wonder why?

From: www.commondreams.org...
"The identities of the chemicals are known to a handful of EPA employees who are legally barred from sharing that information with other federal officials, state health and environmental regulators, foreign governments, emergency responders and the public."

"Legally Barred!?

This is beyond words outrageous.
So if you reveal information on a substance that is killing people you go to jail?


Yup. 'Cuz it might hurt the bottom line - and corporate law is all about protecting corporations' right to profit.

...Manufacturers even "report" that their secret chemicals "pose a substantial risk to public health or the environment." ...Whew. So we're informed. Sort of.

Here's my favorite byte of secret-chemical-trivia:

"Of the secret chemicals, 151 are made in quantities of more than 1 million tons a year and 10 are used specifically in children's products"





...manufacturers have reported in mandatory notices to the government that many pose a "substantial risk" to public health or the environment. In March, for example, more than half of the 65 "substantial risk" reports filed with the Environmental Protection Agency involved secret chemicals.

"You have thousands of chemicals that potentially present risks to health and the environment," said Richard Wiles, senior vice president of the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization that documented the extent of the secret chemicals through public-records requests from the EPA. "It's impossible to run an effective regulatory program when so many of these chemicals are secret."

Of the secret chemicals, 151 are made in quantities of more than 1 million tons a year and 10 are used specifically in children's products, according to the EPA.





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