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US EPA Proposes Ban and Safety Measures for Carbon Tetrachloride Uses

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unveiled plans to prohibit uses of carbon tetrachloride (CTC) that have already been phased out, while establishing a workplace chemical protection program (WCPP) for remaining uses, citing concerns about health risks. In a recent prepublication release, EPA has identified CTC as posing unreasonable risks, including cancer due to chronic inhalation and dermal exposure, as well as liver toxicity from various exposure routes in occupational settings.

The proposed rule, to be enacted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), aims to enforce workplace safety protocols for most conditions of use, as well as to ban manufacturing, distribution, and use in situations where CTC has been phased out.



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