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Manufacturers Aim to Convince EPA Their Chemical Use Is Safe

July 10, 2019, 10:00 AM

Makers of products from tires and asphalt, to insulation and fragrance, are giving the EPA information about how they use some of the 20 chemicals the agency may review and regulate.

The participation of product makers in the agency’s chemical selection process is noteworthy because they don’t often weigh in on chemical policy debates.

These manufacturers—or “downstream users” of chemicals—aim to persuade the Environmental Protection Agency not to examine a chemical they use, or convince the agency that chemical doesn’t warrant regulation.

The information from industry is included among the first group of comments the EPA began to post July ...