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EPA Dilutes Plan on Cancer-Causing Sterilizer After FDA Protest (Corrected)

Jan. 17, 2020, 11:56 AMUpdated: Jan. 21, 2020, 1:33 AM

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The EPA has acquiesced to FDA protests by nixing a request to learn whether companies could use lower levels of ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment. The FDA says the EPA has authority only over releases of the cancer-causing chemical into the air, not over how much of it is used in sterilization plants.

Cancer Connection: Limiting the type of information that the EPA can gather might hamper its ability to strengthen emission standards for commercial sterilizers. The...

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