On September 29, the EPA's top administrator announced that the Obama Administration would announce the long-awaited amendment of the Toxic Substances Control Act. This announcement came in a speech in San Francisco, the home of all good regulations. The Scientific American states: "As a result, she said the Obama Administration will promote a new chemical law in Congress in the coming months that puts the responsibility on industry to prove that its compounds are safe." Sound familiar? The EPA also announced a new investigation of phthalates, perhaps attempting to blunt any effort to discredit the ban in the CPSIA.
In another "Brave New World" quote from the article featuring the not-enough-government, not-enough-regulation official: "'As more and more chemicals are found in our bodies and the environment, the public is understandably anxious and confused. Many are turning to government for assurance that chemicals have been assessed using the best available science, and that unacceptable risks haven’t been ignored,' Jackson told an audience of several hundred people during a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Tuesday night. An audience member asked if the EPA would add the right of citizens to sue for non-compliance of the law, a provision that lies within the Clean Water Act. 'That’s a great idea,' she said, and 'it was certainly something to consider.'” [Emphasis added]
Hey, Chemical Industry - welcome to our misery! Why don't you embrace this change with enthusiasm - appeasement really worked wonders in the case of the CPSIA.