Chemical companies commit to kids. (The Beat).
Thirty-six chemical manufacturers have committed to providing essential data including hazard, exposure, and risk assessments for children on 20 commonly used commercial chemicals. The Voluntary Children's Chemical Evaluation Program was announced by U.S. EPA administrator Christie Whitman in July 2001.
The list of chemicals includes acetone, benzene, trichloroethylene, and toluene. Previous research has determined that the listed chemicals, used in manufacturing products such as plastics, drugs, and detergents, have been found in human tissue and may be present in drinking water and indoor air. The first assessments should be presented to the EPA in summer 2002.