Published on June 11th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Penis Deforming Chemicals? Chemicals that Cause Birth Defects? No Problem, US Chamber of Commerce Says

June 11th, 2011 by

Yes, it’s as ridiculous as it sounds. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is so pro chemical, so bought by the chemical industry, that it would rather have chemicals in our plastic that cause penis deformations than go against the chemical industry. Furthermore, it is so interested in protecting the interests of this industry that it has decided to lobby Congress to keep regulations off its precious money-maker.

“Reproductive health in the United States is headed in the wrong direction; fertility problems, miscarriages, preterm births, and birth defects are all increasing,” Joe Romm of Climate Progress writes.

Ridiculously unsafe chemicals, GMOs, and fake food… who’s surprised?

Here’s a little more on this story from the Think Progress crew:

Yesterday, TP Green reported that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dashed off to Cass Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, telling him to “block the regulation of extremely toxic chemicals in consumer plastics”:

Despite the overwhelming evidence of the dangers of such chemicals, the chamber letter declares that that EPA “lacks the sound regulatory science needed to meet the statutory threshold for a restriction or ban of the targeted chemicals.”

A wide body of scientific research has linked these chemicals, including phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA), to declining birth ratesstillbirths, and an increasing number of birth defects. Many of the chemicals under review for increased regulation have already been banned in Europe and Canada.

In fact, studies have shown that these plastic chemicals are directlylinked to an alarming rate of male genital birth defects such ashypospadias, a condition in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside, rather than at the end, of the penis. A report by the Center for American Progress’ Reese Rushing details many other risks associated with the chemicals slated for regulation.

Read the full story here: U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Fights Regulations On Chemicals Linked to Penis Deformations, Birth Defects.

Of course, I’ve been covering how much the US Chamber of Commerce doesn’t speak for me a lot this year, and this just reinforces that obvious point once again….

More US Chamber of Commerce stories on Planetsave:

  1. Oil Companies & U.S. Chamber of Commerce — One & the Same?
  2. “U.S. Chamber of Commerce Doesn’t Speak for Me” Campaign Growing Fast
  3. & Power Shift 2011 Take Aim at U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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