February 1, 2010

US Secrecy Obscures Identities of Carcinogenic Chemicals


For more than 30 years, the US government has kept secret the identities and in some cases hazards of a growing list of chemicals—currently more than 16 000 compounds, roughly one-fifth of those on the market (Washington Post, Jan 4, 2010). This policy protects manufacturers’ confidential business information, but the secrecy has become so pervasive that even government scientists researching the carcinogenicity or toxicity of products like flame-retardants, pesticides, and household cleaners are routinely denied information about what chemicals exist in those products.    Link

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