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Friday, October 09, 2009

Will EPA's New Chemical Reform Affect Black Hair Care?

By Jerry Kurl

EPA has announced core principles that outline the Obama Administration’s goals for legislative reform of this country’s chemical management law, the 1976 Toxic SubstancesControl Act, TSCA. In parallel with this legislative initiative, EPA also announced plans for a major effort to strengthen EPA’s current chemical management program and increase the pace of the agency’s efforts to address chemicals that pose a risk to the public. (EPA)

Chris Rock's new film "Good Hair" deals with African-American women's obsession with their hair, which ultimately sheds a light on their own images of beauty. Rock's film takes him on a journey to the Dudley's Hair Care & Cosmetics plant in Greensboro, North Carolina; the streets of Los Angeles to sell hair; and even India to discover where the hair for weaves comes from.

My question: will EPA's review of chemicals include an analysis of chemicals used to straighten hair and any potential harmful effects?
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