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EPA’s Chemical Analysis Plans Unlawful, 11 Attorneys General Say

Aug. 9, 2018, 10:44 PM

The EPA’s plans to decide whether asbestos and nine other chemicals pose unreasonable risks are “woefully incomplete” and would ignore many ways people could be exposed to the substances, according to 11 attorneys general.

The attorneys general commented on 10 risk evaluation plans, or “problem formulations,” that the Environmental Protection Agency released in June. The officials’ comments are significant because they could portend future lawsuits.

The plans describe the chemical uses of—and thus the exposures to—the first 10 chemicals the EPA is evaluating under the Toxic Substances Control Act amendments of 2016. But the EPA won’t look at...

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