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Chemical-Use Delay at EPA May Portend Future Disputes

May 2, 2018, 7:52 PM

The internal wrangling delaying risk analysis plans for 10 chemicals may foreshadow challenges the EPA faces in applying new legal requirements to products long in commerce.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s updated plans to examine the risks of six of the 10 chemicals—asbestos, carbon tetrachloride, methylene chloride, trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, and 1,4-dioxane—remain under interagency review, according to people at the Department of Defense, trade associations, and environmental organizations with whom Bloomberg Environment has spoken.

The agency originally planned to release all 10 plans to the public by December 2017, but none have been released as of May 2.

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