Texas Agency Relaxes Guidelines For Controversial Sterilizer

Law360 (May 15, 2020, 9:25 PM EDT) -- The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said Friday the carcinogenic chemical ethylene oxide is safer than previously thought and raised the amount that can be emitted by sources that get air quality permits from the agency.

The move comes amid increasing concern about the chemical, as manufacturers face litigation from some of those exposed to it and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed reducing the total amount of domestic emissions. The TCEQ said after an evaluation of the chemical's health risk, it is raising the safe exposure level from 1 part per billion to 2.4 parts per billion, which will serve as...

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