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BASF to Stop Making Common Chemical in U.S. (1)

July 9, 2018, 5:05 PM; Updated: July 10, 2018, 4:03 PM

The U.S. will no longer be a manufacturing base for a chemical commonly found in soaps and makeup.

The sole U.S. producer of 1,4-dioxane, BASF, told the EPA on July 2 that it will move production exclusively to Europe, calling the decision a purely economic one due to declining sales in North America.

The German Badische Anilin und Soda Fabrik company suggested in a letter that the Environmental Protection Agency may wish to drop plans to assess the chemical’s risks, since it will no longer be made in the U.S.

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