Legal experts have warned that a lack of environmental regulation and public awareness can lead to the accidental release of toxic chemicals into the air and waterways.
The Environmental Protection Agency has said it is reviewing its existing regulations to ensure the safe storage of toxic substances in homes and businesses.
The agency is also looking at whether to introduce tougher measures to protect the health of residents who live in densely populated areas.
However, there are signs that the public is taking notice of the dangers of toxic waste.
An investigation by ABC News found that more than 30% of the US population said they had used chemicals in the past year.
The survey found more than 3 million people had used a chemical containing ethylene glycol in their homes.
The EPA has acknowledged that there is a risk to the health and well-being of people who use toxic chemicals.
The US Environmental Protection Administration said it was reviewing its regulations to make sure that toxic chemicals are stored in a safe manner.
The regulator said it wanted to make it easier for people to dispose of toxic products and to ensure that they were safe and that the products are not left in areas where people may have been exposed.
The survey was carried out between July 14 and August 1, 2017, with a total of 3,634 people from across the US.
The results are based on responses from 4,096 people who lived in the US and were not living with a household member.