US: EPA prevents harmful chemicals from entering the market

28 January 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to protect the public from certain chemicals that have the potential to cause a range of health effects from cancer to reproductive and developmental harm to people and aquatic organisms. Some of the chemicals in this rule have previously been used in consumer products but are not used in the market today. The Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act allow EPA to review any efforts by manufacturers, including importers, to introduce these chemicals into the market and take appropriate action to ensure human health and the environment are protected (EPA Press Release, 17 December 2014).
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