Environment & Energy Report

EPA Guide Would OK Chemicals Without Enough Safety Tests: Advocates

Dec. 7, 2017, 6:37 PM

The EPA is moving to grant new chemical approvals without enough safety testing in a “reckless and irresponsible” way, according to a former senior agency official in the Obama administration, who is now counsel to an advocacy group.

But Environmental Protection Agency officials countered the comments of Bob Sussman of Safer Chemicals Healthy Families by saying their decisions on whether to approve chemicals for use do not preclude tougher chemical enforcement.

They requested patience as they “live in the house as they build it” by implementing new 2016 amendments to the nation’s chemicals law, said Nancy Beck, EPA deputy...

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