Environment & Energy Report

Ethylene Oxide Concerns Hijack Focus on Other Toxic at EPA Event

March 27, 2019, 10:17 PM

Speakers at an EPA hearing skipped the main agenda item and urged the agency to create a new, stand-alone regulation for ethylene oxide while updating its assessment of the risks posed by the toxic.

A March 27 hearing in Washington, D.C., was set up to focus on an EPA proposed rule on Clean Air Act standards for hydrochloric acid.

The proposed rule on hydrochloric acid included a section—not mentioned in the rule’s summary—asking for public comment on ethylene oxide emissions.

Many commenters at the hearing focused instead on ethylene oxide, not the acid, which was slated to be...

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