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Booker Prodded EPA on How Solvent Analysis Omits Exposure Routes

Aug. 22, 2019, 8:00 PM

The EPA’s forthcoming evaluation of a cancer-causing solvent’s risks is incomplete, ignoring ways people can be exposed through the air, water, and soil, according to assertions in congressional letters obtained by Bloomberg Environment.

The letters from Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to the Environmental Protection Agency last year—and the agency’s response this May—discuss the scope of the EPA’s evaluation of the health and environmental risks of trichloroethylene, or TCE.

New Jersey is home to 150 Superfund sites, according to the EPA. TCE is considered one of the most common contaminants found at waste sites because of ...