Late to Regulate
Did you know it took almost 100 years for US health regulations to protect citizens from the dangers of lead paint?
Meanwhile, hundreds of new pharmaceuticals, industrial solvents, fertilizers, and other new chemicals enter the US economy (and water supply) every year. You probably haven’t heard of most of these, and while many chemicals in your water are likely safe, some of them are certainly not.
Unfortunately, regulations are in a game of catch-up with the chemicals our economy releases into the environment. This means many potential toxins go unmonitored in our pipes, and indeed unregulated in your drinking water.
Looking back, here’s a short list of dangerous chemicals that took way too long to regulate:
1. Lead Regulation ↠ 100 Years
1887 - US Authorities Diagnose Lead Poisoning In Children
1904 - Lead Paint Diagnosed As Source Of Lead Poisoning
2. Arsenic Regulation ↠ 100 Years
1888 - Fowler’s Solution (a once popular arsenic-containing-medicine) proven to cause cancers.
1968 - Research in Taiwan shows connection between arsenic in drinking water and cancer.
3. PCB’s ↠ 50 Years
1933 - 95% of workers in PCB factory develop strong reactions to PCB manufacturing.
1966 - Scientists declare PCB’s a “worldwide environmental problem”
4. 1,2,3 TCP ↠ 80+ (still not regulated)
1940’s - Manufactured by Dow for use as a pesticide and solvent.
There are more than 100 contaminants currently regulated by the US EPA under public water system protections provided by the US Safe Drinking Water Act. Our water laws aren't perfect but they are some of the best in the world. This shows just what an uphill battle regulators face when trying to keep the public safe.
There are thousands of new chemicals introduced into the environment by industry every year. Each chemical contaminant has a story and SimpleLab is doing the difficult of structuring that information in a way that lets us perform state of the art health analysis and generate informative Tap Score Reports.