The Environmental Protection Agency has published a list of the most toxic metals in the world, with a warning that metals such as copper, zinc, silver and tin could be in short supply because of climate change and other factors.
The list includes elements that have been in widespread use in jewelry, cars, chemicals, paints, paints and other industrial products for decades.
It comes amid an international push to address the problem of metals in industrial and commercial uses.
“The threat of metal contamination from the environment is increasing and is becoming more significant with the advent of climate disruption and other stresses,” the agency said.
In the United States, more than 2,000 hazardous metals are listed on the EPA’s list, the most of any country.
But in the past two years, the agency has taken steps to curb some of those dangerous metals.
In 2017, the EPA launched a pilot program that required manufacturers of hazardous metals to report their metal content to the agency.
That included removing metals from products that contain them and requiring manufacturers to remove them from products sold in the United State.
In 2018, the government ordered manufacturers to take steps to remove metals from their products if they do not meet the agency’s criteria for safe use.
The agency also recently started a voluntary program that provides free samples of metals from the U.S. to the United Nations to test.
The goal is to ensure that the metals in question are safe and effective, the Environmental Protection Department said.
The Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group, said the list is “not comprehensive,” but does include some that are particularly problematic for consumers.
“We think that’s a very big mistake.
These metals are not safe and they don’t do any good,” said Jennifer Morgan, the group’s vice president of research and advocacy.
Morgan said the government should make a list based on the extent of the threat and not just the amount of metal.
“There is no such thing as ‘good enough,'” she said.
“This is a global problem, and the solutions have to be global.”
The list of potentially hazardous metals comes as the EPA is under criticism for allowing certain chemicals to be used in household products that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
Some of the chemicals included on the 2018 list include formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing agents and acetone, a powerful neurotoxin that can cause neurological damage.
The EPA says that while most of the metals on the chemical list have been banned for use in the U and U.K. for decades, it is “actively exploring the possibility of re-listing some of these metals.”
The agency said that if the chemical was found to be hazardous it would have to undergo a regulatory review and then be reclassified.