Health Fears Raised as EPA Eases Path for New Chemicals

Health Fears Raised as EPA Eases Path for New Chemicals

NBC News Report Looks at Sensitive Issue

Author: Administrative Services Staff/Wednesday, January 24, 2018/Categories: Home Page, NEWS

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The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting course under the Trump administration on how it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, streamlining a safety review process that industry leaders say is too slow and cumbersome.

However, some former EPA officials, as well as experts and public health advocates, say the agency is skipping vital steps that protect the public from hazardous chemicals that consumers have never used before, undermining new laws and regulations that Congress passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2016.

In recent months, the EPA has quietly overhauled its process for determining whether new chemicals - used in everything from household cleaners and industrial manufacturing to children's toys - pose a serious risk to human health or the environment. Among other changes, the agency will no longer require that manufacturers who want to produce new, potentially hazardous chemicals sign legal agreements that restrict their use under certain conditions.

Click here for a report from NBC News: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/epa-eases-path-new-chemicals-raising-fears-health-hazards-n838201?utm_source=newsletter_632&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nphic-news-highlights

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