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Lag Time in EPA Action on Toxic Chemicals May Worry Public (1)

June 24, 2019, 8:08 PMUpdated: June 24, 2019, 8:28 PM

The EPA may soon identify situations in which a chemical poses unreasonable risks, but not act to reduce exposure until several years later, which could spark concerns among the public, the agency’s top chemicals official said June 24.

Environmental Protection Agency officials anticipate receiving questions from members of the public during the lag between risk findings and controls. But they haven’t announced specific risk communication plans for addressing such concerns.

The EPA over the next few months plans to release its preliminary conclusions on whether specific uses of nine chemicals pose an unreasonable risk, with final decisions due by June...

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