How many times must we repeat the mistakes of the past (asbestos, PCB's, phthlates, BPA, nonylphenol, polybrominated flame retardants, etc) before we learn to TEST the stuff BEFORE we put it into the environment ?
A move from the generic term "chemicals" seems in order. Every material thing is made from chemicals. There is probably no way to evaluate every "chemical" for environmental "safety". The use of chemistry has been a great boon to humanity, and should not be discontinued, but when evidence arises pointing to a problem, there should be an open, honest effort to determine the cause and possible solutions. As an example, in my youth, asbestos insulation was required BY LAW in every school. When the evidence of problems from asbestos surfaced, the legal requirement was forgotten, and all of a sudden the evil asbestos companies were maligned and made to pay for perceived bad deeds. How hypocritical of our society!!