14. The Quiet Revolution in Plastics

Environmental Politics and Law (EVST 255)

Plastics are omnipresent but minimally understood and regulated in the United States. The lecture focuses on the dangers that chemicals in plastics pose to human health, particularly via leaching into food and water. Plastics are regulated by the Toxic Substance Control Act, which gives the Environmental Protection Agency the responsibility of testing to ensure that plastics do not adversely affect human health. When plastics can leach into food, the Food and Drug Administration can demand testing. Professor Wargo shows how oversights have led to limited labeling of hazardous plastics, which results in consumers having limited means of protecting themselves from harm.

00:00 – Chapter 1. An Introduction to The Plastics Problem
06:49 – Chapter 2. Plastics: Omnipresent in Everyday Life
33:05 – Chapter 3. Where Does All that Plastic Go?
43:49 – Chapter 4. How Plastics Have Escaped Regulation

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

This course was recorded in Spring 2010.

Post time: 12-26-2016