EPA's Less-Stringent Chemical Rule Likely To Spark Suits

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (June 28, 2017, 9:01 PM EDT) -- The EPA's newly finalized rule for evaluating a chemical's risk to health and the environment retreats from a version proposed by the Obama administration by not requiring the agency to evaluate all of a substance's uses before making a determination, a move that could spur legal challenges from environmental groups.

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued three new rules and other guidance that implement recent revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act, including the framework for evaluating chemical risks and a method of prioritizing chemicals for review.

The risk evaluation rule has been the focus of much attention because it...

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