EPA Releases Names of 150 Secret Chemicals

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Looks like what we don’t know CAN hurt us.

Here’s a little good news for people concerned about public health: the EPA released the names of 150 chemicals, the identities of which had been kept secret, to the public earlier this month. The New York Times describes the effort by the EPA as intended “to reform what it views as a flawed system for regulating toxic substances. It is the second disclosure of its kind this year, after the release of 40 chemicals’ names in March.” For those who aren’t familiar with EPA regulations, chemicals are often allowed to remain secret because they’re essentially assumed to be safe until proven otherwise, and because industry demands they be kept secret for proprietary reasons…

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