Environmentalists Float Path For EPA To Limit Chemicals To ‘Essential’ Uses

February 1, 2023
Scientists from environmental groups and state authorities in California and Massachusetts are urging EPA and other agencies to drop the risk-based approach to chemical regulation that underlies TSCA, and instead bar toxic substances from all but “essential uses,” including a novel framework for officials to decide when a use should qualify as essential. “The premise of the essential-use approach is that chemicals of concern should be used only in cases in which their function in specific products is necessary for...

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