There Are No Votes for Poison

Sanford, David
June 1972
New Republic;6/24/72, Vol. 166 Issue 26, p12
Focuses on a bill proposing to control toxic substances to safeguard environmental protection. Proliferation in the production of chemical compounds; Emphasis on markers on these substances to detect their harmful effects on the environment and on health; Lack of any provision in the bill for routine pre-market screening of test results by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) or any other government body; Dissatisfaction among the chemical industry and environmental groups about the legislation; Attempts to eliminate pre-market screening and to force EPA into hasty screening of new chemicals so they could be rushed to market; Views that the legislation may have adverse effects on small chemical companies; Inhibition of innovation; Lack of product development, the delicate balance between public health and private profit.


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