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Precedent-Setting Critique of EPA’s Chemical Review Launched (1)

June 19, 2019, 7:57 PMUpdated: June 19, 2019, 8:39 PM

Some EPA science advisers chafed June 19 at the black-and-white call the agency made when it decided a reddish-purple pigment doesn’t pose unreasonable risks of injuring people or the environment.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion is an “all or nothing” statement, said Henry Anderson, a member of the agency’s Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals.

It would seem more accurate to give the public circumstance-based conclusions that described, for example, whether releases of the chemical from smokestacks would pose unreasonable risks or a statement that worker’s risks are controlled by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, Anderson, a...

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