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Closer Scrutiny of Chemicals Needed, Groups to Say in Lawsuits

Sept. 27, 2017, 7:54 PMUpdated: Sept. 27, 2017, 11:48 PM

Manufacturers could escape new regulations on their products because the EPA process for evaluating hazardous chemicals underestimates the health risks they pose, environmental and health groups challenging the process say.

The Environmental Protection Agency in its assessments is ignoring some of the ways people are exposed to hazardous chemicals, which in turn reduces the potential to identify injuries those chemicals are causing, a finding that could trigger restrictions of them, Andy Igrejas, founder of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, told Bloomberg BNA.

Environmental and public health advocates have filed six lawsuits in three different courts challenging the ...