Environment: Week's Watch

The Federal Trade Commission last week proposed a regulation ordering a new label on packages of phosphate detergents. It would read, "Warning: Each recommended use level of this product contains _ grams of phosphorus, which contributes to water pollution." The Soap and Detergent Association immediately attacked the idea as "unnecessary and misleading." For one thing, the industry has already decided to list phosphorus levels on detergent packages. As a result, housewives who care may now have enough data to choose between leading brands. According to the industry's own figures, Dash contains 14.6% phosphorus, Tide 12.3%,...

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