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TOXINS: Public deserves better protection

Letter by Samantha T. Sierra, Federal Way on May 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm with No Comments »
May 3, 2013 1:23 pm

Re: “State: Toxic chemicals in 5,000 products” (TNT, 5-1).

This is something that has continually baffled me: Not only are businesses not required to disclose which products they sell contain toxic chemicals, but they are allowed to be used in production anyway. The regulations in place are not enough.

Some would argue that regulating this inhibits the liberty of business, which is illogical at best. People who agree with this must also agree then that health inspections, fire codes and other basic regulations are violations of this liberty. If the liberty of business is prioritized ahead of the public’s safety, then it defeats its purpose in the first place.

Companies know that the moment they disclose this information, they will lose business. This is the only reason that it is not regulated. Is this a good enough reason to put people at risk?

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