US EPA’s Top 10 Toxic Threats and Industry’s Pushback



The Environmental Protection Agency has published a list of 10 toxic threats it will evaluate first under a law passed last year intended to crack down on hazardous chemicals. They are among 90 chemicals identified by the agency that may harm children, damage nerve tissue, cause cancer, contaminate the environment, accumulate in the bloodstream or show up in consumer products.

The hazardous chemicals to be evaluated include: asbestos1-bromopropanecarbon tetrachloride1,4-dioxaneHBCDDmethylene chlorideN-methylpyrrolidone (NMP)perchloroethylenepigment violet 29trichloroethylene.

As the review begins, industry and other interest groups are urging the E.P.A. to limit any restrictions.

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