Environment & Energy Report

EPA Gathers Feedback on Picking Possible Chemicals for Regulation

Dec. 12, 2017, 12:31 AM

The EPA needs to update its 2012 strategy for selecting chemicals to scrutinize, which could result in regulations under an amended chemicals law, trade associations and nonprofit organizations told the agency Dec. 11.

The Environmental Protection Agency must consider whether chemicals are stored near sources of drinking water and whether some populations are vulnerable or highly exposed, said Melanie Benesh, an attorney with the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy group.

She referred to the criteria that the Toxic Substances Control Act amendments of 2016 require the agency to use as it selects chemicals for closer inspection and possible risk assessment....

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