Regulate Use of Banned Toxin Known to Cause Cancer


Target: Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Enforce regulations on a highly toxic chemical, which was long banned but still frequently used

PBC 11, a very dangerous and banned toxin has recently been found in many products. This substance has been banned in the past for its health risks and therefore needs to be immediately regulated to stop use in common products.

The chemical PBC 11 is found in yellow dyes and is very commonly used in printer inks, paper products and clothing. These products were tested recently and high levels were found in many of them.  In the United States, out of 18 ink-treated products that were tested, 15 returned positive results for the substance. Out of the 28 products they tested from foreign countries, all of them tested positive. In clothing tested in the United States, all 16 items tested positive.

These chemicals have been known to cause cancer, endocrine disruption and weakened immune systems for decades now, and these risks can be obtained simply by touching something containing PBC 11. The chemical is also capable of evaporating and can be easily inhaled by unknowing victims. The air in Chicago was tested and contains an abundance of PBC 11, which could be an indicator that it is also present in the air of other cities.

The reason that PBC 11 is appearing in so many products and environments is because of a loophole in the Federal Toxic Substances Control Act. The act says that PBCs can be produced only if they are an “unintentional by-product” of manufacturing. Regardless if it is intentional or not, there is clearly an abundance of a very dangerous toxin in our environment and it needs to be removed. Please sign the petition below to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to close the loophole that allows PBC 11 to be present in many of our products.


Dear Environmental Protection Agency,

We are writing you about the abundance of the banned chemical PBC 11, which has recently tested positive in many products. This highly dangerous substance needs to be better regulated for the safety of consumers.

In the United States, 15 out of 18 ink-based paper products tested positive for PBC 11. All 16 clothing items tested, tested positive. Out of the 28 products tested from foreign countries, all of those also tested positive. Testing was also done to the air in Chicago where PBC 11 was found in abundance, which could be indicative that the air in other cities is contaminated with the chemical.

As you are aware, this chemical has been banned for decades for links to cancer, endocrine disruption, and weakened immune systems. A loophole to the Federal Toxic Substances Control Act says that PBCs can be produced only if they are an “unintentional by-product” of manufacturing. We ask that you close this loophole as it is apparent that the abundance of PBC 11 in the environment could become a serious issue. Please protect the citizens of the United States from being unknowing victims of this dangerous toxic substance.


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