Environment & Energy Report

EPA’s Solvent Analysis Violates Law, 15 Attorneys General Say

July 6, 2020, 9:50 PM

The EPA’s analysis of a widely used dry-cleaning solvent violates the law that required the agency to examine the risks of chemicals, 15 attorneys general told the agency Monday.

If not reworked, the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft perchloroethylene (PERC) risk evaluation would fail to comply with 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act, and the agency’s rules that implemented the law, wrote the attorneys general in comments to the agency.

The attorneys general represent New York, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington state, as well as the District...

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