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shutterstock_195167519In 1976, when Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act, there were 62,000 substances in use in the U.S.—all of which were presumed to be safe, without scrutiny or testing of any kind. Since then, another 20,000 chemicals have come on the market, and few of those have been tested.

“It’s not like the FDA, which requires that drug companies test their products before they get approval,” says Philip Landrigan, M.D. “With consumer chemicals, we start using them and see if problems arise.” But various legislators and organizations, including the Environmental Working Group, the Environmental Defense Fund, and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, are trying to change that.

Here are three ways you can get involved:

  1. Help the Environmental Working Group demand change by sending a letter to members of Congress. You can fill out the online form here.
  2. Visit EWG’s Take Action page to learn more.
  3. Sign up for the Environmental Defense Fund’s email list to learn more about supporting safer chemicals in household products.
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