Bloomberg Law
Aug. 6, 2019, 10:01 AM

Texas Revision to Ethylene Oxide Carcinogen Draws Concern

Paul Stinson
Paul Stinson
Staff Correspondent

Efforts by Texas to revise a risk assessment for ethylene oxide are provoking an outcry from environmental groups, who worry the public could be harmed by increasing emissions of the cancer-causing gas.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality released in June its draft scientific assessment that would allow for increasing limits on how much ethylene oxide petrochemical plants can emit. The comment deadline was recently extended to Sept. 26.

Representatives from the petrochemical industry say the changes are needed because current limits rely on flawed data. But local environmental advocates say ...

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