Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants

Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants

by Carl F. Cranor
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674049705

ISBN-13: 2900674049702

Pub. Date: 02/15/2011

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Take a random walk through your life and you’ll find it is awash in industrial, often toxic, chemicals. Sip water from a plastic bottle and ingest bisphenol A. Prepare dinner in a non-stick frying pan or wear a layer of Gore-Tex only to be exposed to perfluorinated compounds. Hang curtains, clip your baby into a car seat, watch television—all are

Overview

Take a random walk through your life and you’ll find it is awash in industrial, often toxic, chemicals. Sip water from a plastic bottle and ingest bisphenol A. Prepare dinner in a non-stick frying pan or wear a layer of Gore-Tex only to be exposed to perfluorinated compounds. Hang curtains, clip your baby into a car seat, watch television—all are manufactured with brominated flame-retardants.

Cosmetic ingredients, industrial chemicals, pesticides, and other compounds enter our bodies and remain briefly or permanently. Far too many suspected toxic hazards are unleashed every day that affect the development and function of our brain, immune system, reproductive organs, or hormones. But no public health law requires product testing of most chemical compounds before they enter the market. If products are deemed dangerous, toxicants must be forcibly reduced or removed—but only after harm has been done.

In this scientifically rigorous legal analysis, Carl Cranor argues that just as pharmaceuticals and pesticides cannot be sold without pre-market testing, other chemical products should be subject to the same safety measures. Cranor shows, in terrifying detail, what risks we run, and that it is entirely possible to design a less dangerous commercial world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900674049702
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix

1 Introduction 1

2 Nowhere to Hide 16

3 Discovering Disease, Dysfunction, and Death by Molecules 47

4 Caveat Parens: A Nation at Risk from Contaminants 81

5 Reckless Nation: How Existing Laws Fail to Protect Children 132

6 A More Prudent Approach to Reduce Toxic Invasions 178

7 What Kind of World Do We Want to Create? 208

Notes 249

Acknowledgments 306

Index 309

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