EPA Watchdog Calls for Review of Cancer-Causing Emission Sources

May 6, 2021, 5:28 PM

The EPA needs new reviews of cancerous chemicals that likely affect nearly a half million people in order to meet environmental justice goals, the agency’s investigation arm said Thursday.

A report from the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general recommended updating residual risk and technology reviews required under the Clean Air Act for sources of carcinogenic chloroprene and ethylene oxide emissions.

It also advised the agency to develop new air toxics standards for chemical plants that emit ethylene oxide, a chemical used for medical sterilization that can cause severe health issues and cancer in concentrated doses.

The EPA has set deadlines ...

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