Vinyl Chloride and the EPA: The Urgent Case for Action

December 11, 2023 , 7:00 pm 8:00 pm EST

Join us on Monday, Dec 11 at 7pm ET for a discussion on the dangers posed by the chemical vinyl chloride and its toll on the health of individuals and communities. Vinyl chloride is a critical raw material for the plastics industry, but it is highly toxic and is not found in any other products. Decades of experience and research have in fact demonstrated that it poses significant dangers to human health. Among workers it has been associated with high levels of angiosarcoma, a deadly and rare cancer of the liver, while in the wider population it is connected with brain and lung cancers, lymphoma, and leukemia. Most recently, it grabbed headlines when a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, prompted the release of nearly 1.1 million pounds of vinyl chloride from five tankers, contaminating nearby land, air, and water. Area residents experienced rashes, headaches and nosebleeds among other ailments. The toxic properties of vinyl chloride are well known, and in 1974 the EPA banned the chemical as an aerosol propellant, but it has taken no regulatory action since then – until now. This fall, the agency is considering adding vinyl chloride to its list of chemicals to reassess for a ban or restriction due to toxicity.