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Factories Making, Using Solvent May Harm Some Staff, EPA Says (1)

Jan. 24, 2020, 8:48 PMUpdated: Jan. 24, 2020, 10:29 PM

Workers at companies that make or mix a solvent called carbon tetrachloride may face too great a chance of cancer or liver damage from breathing in fumes, the EPA said Friday.

Other workers that handle the solvent don’t face as much risk if, as the EPA assumes, they always wear personal protective equipment that prevents them from inhaling or touching the chemical, and assuming that equipment fits and works correctly, the agency’s analysis said.

The Environmental Protection Agency released its draft analysis of the health and environmental risks posed by carbon tetrachloride. The solvent is often identified on business documents...

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