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EPA ‘Can’t Do’ Green Chemistry, Agency Official Says

April 10, 2019, 6:33 PM

Research on designing chemicals that produce less waste, use less energy, and are safer is being cut at the EPA to increase the focus on chemical recycling and disposal.

“With a limited budget and resources, there are things we can’t do,” Jeff Frithsen, national director for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chemical Safety for Sustainability research program, told agency advisers April 10.

“Sustainable chemistry: Can’t do it,” he said. “We’re not saying it isn’t important, but in terms of all the other things we have [to do], we can’t do that.”

The President’s budget requested $86.6 million for research on ...