What’s the rush? NRDC sues the Food and Drug Administration

for failing to issue a final rule regulating the chemicals triclosan and triclocarban, which are commonly found in antibacterial soaps. These chemicals are suspected endocrine disruptors linked to reproductive and developmental harm in laboratory studies.

In April, FDA acknowledged soaps containing triclosan offer no additional benefit over regular soap and water.

lawsuit asks the court to impose a strict deadline for FDA to finalize the rule, which has been pending for 32 years