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EPA Eyes Risks More People Face From Two Plastic Softeners (1)

Aug. 31, 2021, 3:22 PM

The EPA will examine a broader range of health and environmental risks posed by two chemicals that soften plastic than the agency has done since 2016.

The Environmental Protection Agency released Tuesday its final plans, or “scopes,” to examine the risks from diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP) and diisononyl phthalate (DINP). Both chemicals are part of a family of compounds called phthalates added to plastic to make it more flexible and useful for cars, construction, consumer, and other products.

The plans—the first scopes to be released by this administration—reflect its pledge to consider the health risks that so-called “fenceline” communities face. These ...

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