Environment & Energy Report

EPA Takes Steps to Speed Making of Virus-Fighting Disinfectants

March 26, 2020, 9:04 PM

The EPA will start allowing manufacturers to obtain certain inert, or inactive, ingredients from different suppliers without checking with the agency first, to increase the availability of disinfecting products to use against the novel coronavirus.

The announcement Thursday followed a meeting that the Environmental Protection Agency held last week with stakeholders about supply chain challenges posed by the pandemic. Inert ingredients include emulsifiers, solvents, carriers, aerosol propellants, fragrances, and dyes.

  • “The steps we are taking today are helping put more products on the shelves without sacrificing important public health and environmental protections,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in the announcement.
  • The EPA also on Thursday added 70 new surface disinfectants to its list of Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2, known as List N, which now includes more than 350 products.

To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Allington in Washington at aallington@bloombergenvironment.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory Henderson at ghenderson@bloombergenvironment.com; Rebecca Baker at rbaker@bloombergenvironment.com

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