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EPA Targeting Dangerous Household Chemical

We’ve had Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) highlighted for a while now as a Red Light Ingredient, and it seems like the Environmental Protection Agency is catching on too. Toluene Diisocyanate is a chemical “used to manufacture household products like coatings, elastomers, adhesives and sealants.” The deadly toxin has been shown to “cause health problems such as asthma, lung damage and sometimes death, the agency noted." The EPA would like to utilize the Toxic Substances Control Act to limit the uses of this harmful chemical. The rule the EPA is seeking to get passed is certainly ambitious. The EPA wants to “require manufacturers to notify the agency at least 90 days in advance of when they intend to use the chemical in one of their products.” The 90 day window is something the EPA is seeking to provide them with adequate time to review the use of the chemical in a specific product, and ban its use if necessary. While the rules would only apply to “domestically produced products and imported products containing more than 0.1 percent of the chemical”, this is still a huge step in the right direction.

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