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17,000 potentially harmful chemicals kept secret under obscure law
And the reason for this potentially harmful lack of openness? Profit.
A 1976 law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, mandates that manufacturers report to the Environmental Protection Agency any new chemicals they intend to market, but manufacturers can request that a chemical be kept secret if disclosure 'could harm their bottom line,' the Washington Post reports."
"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."
" 'People who were submitting information to the EPA saw that you can claim that virtually anything is confidential and get away with it,' Owens said." (EPA)
What an unpunished crime to humanity!
Since 1976... thirty four years have passed by, enough to harm people's health and render us slaves of the big Pharm.
Nobody did anything.
Profit. It's all about profit.
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