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More Data, Logic Needed for Chemical Risk Findings, EPA Told (1)

June 21, 2019, 4:56 PMUpdated: June 21, 2019, 10:02 PM

EPA must back its conclusions that a chemical is safe enough to forgo regulation with sufficient data and a clear rationale—elements that were missing in its first analysis of a pigment, agency science advisers said June 21.

The Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals needed more information to have confidence in the agency’s conclusion that a chemical called Pigment Violet 29 didn’t pose an unreasonable risk of injuring people or the environment, said panel member Charles Barton, an independent industry consultant.

Under the nation’s primary chemicals law, regulatory controls are only applied to compounds that pose an unreasonable ...