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EPA Aims to Reduce Animal Use in Toxic Safety Tests

March 7, 2018, 7:32 PM

Fewer animals would be needed for chemical safety testing under a new EPA draft plan announced March 7.

The chemical industry, animal rights groups, environmental organizations, and others who hope to influence the final strategy have 45 days from the day it is published in the Federal Register to comment on the plan, which seeks to replace tests on rodents, rabbits and other vertebrates with computational methods and other alternatives.

“EPA is committed to working with animal welfare groups and other groups to produce a sound, effective plan in line with the law,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt ...