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Ken Geiser

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012522

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012522.001.0001

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Regulating Hazardous Chemicals

Regulating Hazardous Chemicals

(p.17) 2 Regulating Hazardous Chemicals
Chemicals without Harm

Ken Geiser

The MIT Press

During the 1970s, the U.S. federal government enacted a series of laws designed to control human health and environmental risks of pesticides, drugs, food additives, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and chemicals in commercial product. These chemical control laws required the generation of information on hazardous chemicals, characterization and prioritization of hazardous chemicals, and regulation on the manufacture, marketing and use of the most hazardous. After 1980, many state governments also began passing legislation to control hazardous chemicals. These federal and state laws have served for years as the basic framework for the management of hazardous chemicals in the United States.

Keywords:   Chemical control laws, chemical regulation, Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Federal Food and Drug Administration, pollution prevention, toxics use reduction

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