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‘Exponential’ Rise in Lawsuits Over Chemical Rules Forecast (1)

March 30, 2021, 6:16 PM; Updated: March 30, 2021, 7:51 PM

Companies wanting to make new chemicals may have to sue the EPA to bring safe compounds to market, after the agency announced it’s tightening oversight of chemicals that never have been made in or imported into the U.S., a former agency attorney said Tuesday.

The two new policies the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Monday are among the expected drivers of “an exponential growth in lawsuits” challenging implementation of the 2016 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) amendments, said Erik C. Baptist, who helped apply the new law during the Trump administration.

Baptist and Laura Gooding, assistant general counsel at the...

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