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Chemical Makers Weigh Benefits, Risks of Giving EPA Test Data

May 21, 2019, 4:14 PM

Manufacturers are balancing the benefits of sharing chemical safety data with the EPA, as it vets 40 chemicals, against the risk that it could cost them millions of dollars they have invested in testing, attorneys and industry consultants say.

Data from a company’s multimillion-dollar cancer test, for example, could show that a chemical is unlikely to cause cancer at exposure levels anywhere near what people experience. That testing could help the Environmental Protection Agency justify concluding that the chemical’s carcinogenic potential wouldn’t have to be examined.

The company that spent millions on such tests, though, could lose its rights to ...