The Environmental Protection Agency must play its part in looking after vulnerable populations

In spite of the accepted damages they cause, many dangerous chemicals, responsible for numerous health problems, are still very much being utilized in the commercial, industrial and private sector.

The federal government is on its way to administer the 2016 Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama so as to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act put forward in 1976. According to specialists, advancement is being hindered by the problems that the original act had to undergo, even though there are novel legal requisites which guarantee finer protection.

Nearly 40,000 chemicals are legally supervised by the Toxic Substances Control Act in the U.S. According to specialists at the University of California San Francisco and University of Michigan in a report published in PLOS Biology, even though the newest modifications asks for safety of the vulnerable and greatly exposed populations, according to the law, the Environmental Protection Agency has failed, in their released initial 10 risk assessments, to properly evaluate the threat to the concerned populations.

A research investigator in environmental health sciences, Patricia Koman, and her co-authors of the research suggested chief scientific and risk evaluation values to communicate health protective chemical policy. She elaborates on both the issue and the solution put forward by the authors.

The first issue was the paper discussing how the Toxic Substances Control Act rules have been unable to keep up with science’s pace.

She responded by saying it is proven how some individuals, more than others, are susceptible to toxic chemical exposures, or are more exposed to them. These individuals require additional protection. The EPA standards of risk assessment have failed to keep up with science. Consequently, our society and the vulnerable individuals, such as children, are at risk.