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The Need to Bring Sound Science to the Regulation of Chemicals (Guest: Karluss Thomas)

April 8, 2019

States chemical regulations are threatening peoples health, by restricting access to certain valuable chemicals based on unscientific risk assessments.

Silicones and other valuable chemicals serve a variety of critical functions in the economy. They contribute to improved human health and environmental quality. Driven by environmental activists, various states and the European Union are restricting the use of certain chemicals based on unfounded fears. These regulations are often based "Chemicals of Concern" lists that were developed using flawed or limited scientific assessments and analyses - analyses which more comprehensive testing has shown overstate the the dangers from and risk of exposure to chemicals in common use.
Author
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org