Coming Clean

After decades spent washing its hands of concerns about antibacterial soaps, the government is finally taking action on a potentially harmful ingredient: triclosan.

By Scott Dodd – onearth.org

One thing that occasionally annoys my wife about being married to an environmental journalist: I make our household shopping a lot more complicated. Canned tomatoes? Might contain BPA. Cleaning products? Could have VOCs. But a year ago, when I explained why I had started obsessively checking the ingredients in liquid soap, she quickly got on board and even warned my son’s preschool that it needed to change products.

Now, after decades of foot-dragging, the U.S. government is finally poised to get on board, as well, requiring manufacturers to either prove that products used by millions of Americans every day are safe—or change them.

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