Bloomberg Law
May 26, 2020, 9:54 PM

EPA Advisers Focus on Consumer Exposures to Cleaning Solvent

Pat Rizzuto
Pat Rizzuto

The EPA’s decision to omit consumers’ chronic exposures to a solvent used to clean car brakes and clothes prompted criticism Tuesday from public advocates and questions from agency advisers.

The decision could result in the Environmental Protection Agency underestimating the potential health problems from millions of consumers’ uses of perchloroethylene, Robert Sussman, an attorney representing Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, told the agency’s Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals.

Sussman was among the public commenters addressing the committee on the first of its four-day online meeting to critique the agency’s draft analysis of the health and environmental risks of perchloroethylene.

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